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Vermonters Push for New Epilepsy Treatment

People in Vermont with severe epilepsy are hoping for a new treatment option.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - People in Vermont with severe epilepsy are hoping for a new treatment option.

For some people with epilepsy, common medications don't work and they suffer hundreds of seizures a week.

On Wednesday, many parents who have kids with epilepsy heard from organizers of the group called "Realm of Caring."

It's based in Colorado and helps patients by providing them a medical marijuana oil. Parents want the program to expand because in Colorado the oil has significantly reduced the number of seizures in kids.

"Even having one a day creates developmental delay and it's a huge challenge. That if we have a way to heal this like we need to move forward as a community and figure out and learn about it," says Annie Galloway, who has a daughter with epilepsy.

There are still hurdles ahead. Those include tweaking Vermont law, and getting the medical community and marijuana dispensaries in the state on board.

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