Parents Want "Charlotte's Web" Marijuana Strain in Vermont

By Steph Machado

Published 04/02 2014 06:10PM

Updated 04/02 2014 07:04PM

MONTPELIER - Vermont parents are looking for a better way to treat their childrens' epilepsy.

Danielle Pinders, mom to 3-year-old Jace, testified to the House Human Services committee Wednesday. That committee is considering a bill to expand Vermont's medical marijuana program.

Jace has Angelman's Syndrome, a disease that leaves him non-verbal and also presents with epilepsy. Pinders says traditional pharmaceuticals don't work. She wants Charlotte's Web, a strain of cannabis sold in Colorado, to come to Vermont. She recently traveled to Colorado to visit the facility where it is made. The strain is named after a little girl with epilepsy named Charlotte who is seizure-free after taking the medicine.

Federal law prevents anyone from transporting the drug across state lines. Lawmakers are talking about various options to get the strain here. If it was brought to Vermont, it would be legal to dispense under current medical marijuana law.

""I hope that they'll listen to us, they'll understand the urgency behind this matter, and they'll do whatever they can, whatever is within their power to get Charlotte's Web here and to support the infrastructure in Vermont to have a safe and efficient alternative for our kids," Pinders said.

The committee may allow dispensaries to have more plants-per-patient in the bill they are considering. Growers from Colorado testified they like to have about six plants per patient in order to produce the oil for Charlotte's Web. Current Vermont law allows dispensaries to have two plants on hand per patient.

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