Last updated on: 9/12/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“In Colorado, marijuana-related products may be obtained for children with the approval of two doctors (as opposed to one doctor for adults). Presumably it would be difficult to get two doctors’ approval for a young child to take a form of marijuana that is high in THC [the primary psychoactive component in marijuana]…

At this point the only data are anecdotal… Doctors in Colorado and at Stanford University have documented case reports… However, no rigorous clinical trials have been conducted yet…

Given the lack of rigorous medical evidence at this point, the use of Charlotte’s Web and Epidiolex [a high-CBD medication available as an Investigational New Drug] by children with epilepsy has been limited to severe, intractable cases that did not respond to other, more established medications…

Marijuana use in children has been shown to have negative effects on the brain, but we do not know whether medications containing little or no THC will have any long-term side effects.”

“FAQs,” epilepsycolorado.org (accessed Sep. 12, 2014)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“When her grandchild was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1964, Dr. Harriet Hunter incorporated the Colorado Epilepsy Association because there were no support services available for youth with epilepsy. Working out of her basement, Dr. Hunter and a group of loyal, dedicated volunteers began providing counseling and support to those impacted by epilepsy, while also educating the public about seizure disorders. As the organization’s reputation grew, permanent staff was hired, office space was secured and employment and youth programs were added to meet the growing needs of people with epilepsy. In 2000, we expanded our scope of services to areas in Western, Southern and Northern Colorado.”

“About Us,” epilepsycolorado.org (accessed Sep. 12, 2014)

Mission:

“The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.
The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.”

“About Us,” epilepsycolorado.org (accessed Sep. 12, 2014)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity