Pubdate: Sun, 13 Jul 2014
Source: Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Copyright: 2014 Sun-Sentinel Company
Author: Dana Reynolds
Page: 24A


Regarding the article written by Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau
Chief, about Charlotte's Web SB1030, otherwise known as the
Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, permitting the use of
authorized physicians to prescribe medicinal marijuana to selected
individuals with debilitating diseases such as cancers and
degenerative seizures:

I am a registered nurse at Wellington Regional Medical Center. As a
health care professional, Iwas elated when the bill became law. I am
on the frontline everyday witnessing how crippling cancers and
seizures can be.

The low THC effects of Charlotte's Web will benefit patients in need
of comfort from the debilitating diseases they are stricken with. It
is my hope that one day I may see the effects of medicinal marijuana
while treating patients in the hospital. It would benefit many
patients I care for on a daily basis.

I currently took care of an 18-year-old male in the Intensive Care
Unit who was diagnosed last year with epilepsy. As he lay in bed on
life support, it pained my heart to see that even with sedation, he
still was experiencing seizure activity regularly. As his mother lay
at his bedside heartbroken, I wish I could take her pain away. If
Charlotte's Web was brought into the hospital and the effects of the
treatment could better the prognosis of this young man then all would
be well in the world.

The bill just became law and would probably take years before it would
ever be considered of use in an acute care setting, but I will
definitely keep hope alive. Offering alternatives of care to those in
need is what the advancement of medicine is about.

Dana Reynolds, Lake Worth
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