'In a groundbreaking statement on Thursday, the Epilepsy Foundation called for increased medical marijuana access and research to treat epilepsy. "The Epilepsy Foundation supports the right of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician directed care, including medical marijuana," reads the statement, from Philip M. Gattone, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation, and Warren Lammert, chair of the Epilepsy Foundation Board of Directors.
"If a patient and their healthcare professionals feel that the potential benefits of medical marijuana for uncontrolled epilepsy outweigh the risks, then families need to have that legal option now -- not in five years or 10 years," the strongly worded statement reads.
"The Epilepsy Foundation calls for an end to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) restrictions that limit clinical trials and research into medical marijuana for epilepsy," the statement reads. "We applaud recent decisions that have allowed trials of Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, to begin in several states.'