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Parents fighting to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa are talking with lawmakers during a hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse.

Among the group will be two mothers we introduced earlier this month, Sally Gaer and Maria La France. Gaer’s 23-year-old daughter Margaret suffers from Dravet Syndrome. It’s a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.

La France’s 12-year-old son Quincy has had seizures since he was five-months-old.

In both cases, prescription drugs either haven’t worked or have made certain symptoms worse. Both mothers believe some form of medical marijuana could help their child live a normal life.

“It`s complete torture to know there is something out there that can heal his brain, that`s an anti-inflammatory, an anti-spasmodic, that`s completely natural, I want to get my hands on it,” says La France.

Gaer says, “We`re looking for medicine, we`re not looking for any kind of recreational use we`re looking for help to make our loved ones lives better and our lives better,” says Gaer.

There are two bills on the table at the Statehouse.

The first would reclassify the drug, so that it could be used for medical purposes. The second would create a medical marijuana program to effectively license people to obtain it in Iowa.


  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    marijuana is California’s #1 crop, yet it’s illegal in the backwards USA, half my family and friends have grown for generations for a rapidly growing estimated 15 billion dollar cali crop..

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, and 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and Iowa, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…

    love and freedom forever, i actually believed iowans were enlightened, oops


    • Ishmale Whale

      Call your senators, representatives, and the governor and make your support for this known. Make a real phone call or write and mail a real letter. Those hold more weight than copy and paste e-mails.

  • Bart

    save lives & legalize – marijuana may prevent you from getting cancer:

    An in vitro study of the effect of CBD on programmed cell death in breast cancer cell lines found that CBD induced programmed cell death, independent of the CB1, CB2, or vanilloid receptors. CBD inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines, inducing apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner while having little effect on nontumorigenic, mammary cells.[18]

    CBD has also been demonstrated to exert a chemopreventive effect in a mouse model of colon cancer.[19] In the experimental system, azoxymethane increased premalignant and malignant lesions in the mouse colon. Animals treated with azoxymethane and CBD concurrently were protected from developing premalignant and malignant lesions. In in vitro experiments involving colorectal cancer cell lines, the investigators found that CBD protected DNA from oxidative damage, increased endocannabinoid levels, and reduced cell proliferation.

  • Bart

    Genesis 1:29
    Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.

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