|ILLINOIS EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY IN SPRINGFIELD MAY 14, 2014|
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|Written by MONTA PONSETTO|
|Monday, 28 April 2014 15:32|
QUAD CITIES – The Epilepsy Foundation announces Illinois Epilepsy Awareness Day on May 14, 2014. Individuals with epilepsy, parents of children with epilepsy, and supporting family members and friends will join with representatives of the Epilepsy Foundation throughout the state to meet with Illinois State Representatives at the statehouse in Springfield. Discussed will be issues relevant to those living with Epilepsy including the support of Illinois Senate Bill 2636. The bill, which adds seizure conditions, including those characteristic of epilepsy, to the list of qualifying medical conditions in Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Program was passed by the Illinois Senate by a vote of 49-5 on April 2, 2014. The bill has been sent to the House for approval.
The Iowa Senate just recently voted 36-12 to approve their Senate File 2360. The bill creates a licensing system for patients with "intractable" epilepsy and their caregivers to pursue treatment with cannabidiol, an oil derived from marijuana. Patients or their caregivers who receive a neurologist's recommendation for cannabidiol would be able to apply for a state-issued identification card allowing them to possess and use the oil without fear of prosecution under state marijuana laws. That bill has been sent to the Iowa House for approval.
The Epilepsy Foundation’s national office issued a press release on 2.20.2014 calling for increased medical marijuana access and research:
Epilepsy affects 65 million people worldwide. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease combined. 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime: that translates to over 14,700 individuals in our Quad Cities region.Epilepsy Foundation – Quad Cities Office
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