Your Voice can be Heard: Advocates are Inspiring members of Congress to Support CBD and its Benefits
After months of desperation to find an aid for her daughter's illness while the traditional medications did not do enough, Paige Figi, patron of Colorado Springs, is paying homage to the hemp extract oil known as CBD for drastically reducing her daughter Charlotte's seizures being caused by a form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome.
Figi entirely credits CBD in stabilizing her daughter's health. Since then, she has taken the side of legalization of cannabis and has founded the Coalition for Access Now, a national non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of hemp and CBD legalization of all forms.
Not knowing if this solution can do the same with parents of children with the similar illness or other forms of illnesses as it did for her daughter Charlotte, she thinks people deserve a solid opportunity to find out for themselves. This, not possible without the correct laws in place for research and distribution. GOP lawmakers, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania are claiming "These people have a case" and have decided to take initiative on their part to help.
Perry, leading a measure called the Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2017(House Bill 2273) and Gardner introducing the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1008) are clear examples that voices are being heard. Both bills, now in place, allow access to grow the development and research of CBD extracts.
"When you hear from families that they could treat their child with this natural product...that's life-changing," Gardner says.
Whatever roll it is that you might take on CBD, your story and experience can always be heard.