Mississippi family says medical cannabis will help sick son

Thousands of Mississippi wait for Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to convene a special session to pass the Medical Cannabis Act.

SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi – Mississippi families with loved ones suffering from a serious illness are asking Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to convene a special session before the regular session begins in January 2022 for the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act.

The bill is a 144-page piece of legislation agreed upon by state Republicans and Democrats that regulates the growth, prescription and sale of medical marijuana in the state.

You can only vote if a special session is called, which only Governor Reeves has the power to do.

Christine Loftin, of DeSoto County, has a 16-year-old son with mitochondrial disease and said she can’t wait any longer.

Mitochondrial disease is a group of disorders that affect the mitochondria because they produce enough energy for the organs to function properly. This can cause a number of symptoms in a person, including poor growth, muscle weakness, vision and hearing problems, learning difficulties, seizures and more.

Christine’s son Bryan has seizures up to 100 times a day. He said medical marijuana is the answer.

“We’ve tried CBD oil because it’s legal, but for people who have such complicated seizures it’s not enough,” he said. “So it’s not about getting to the height, it’s about having enough to synchronize your brain so you’re not taking advantage of all day.”

According to Harvard Health, marijuana has been shown to relieve the pain of multiple sclerosis and nerve pain in general. It is also a muscle relaxant and has been shown to decrease the tremors of Parkinson’s disease. The plant was reported to help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and HIV-associated wear syndrome, as well as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

While seizures are not painful for Bryan, they have life-threatening effects. Bryan has suffered several black eyes, a broken nose and other head injuries.

While Bryan is taking medication, Christine said nothing has helped. He said medicinal cannabis could decrease how many times Bryan has seizures a day.

“If you have so many medications that it’s basically catatonic, there’s no quality of life,” Christine said. “You can’t be social, you can’t go to school.”

“He really needs it. Really, really, we need the governor to stand up and do the right thing and give us a chance to give Bryan and all these other kids and adults a better quality of life,” he continued.

According to the draft legislation, to use medical marijuana, a person must be diagnosed by a doctor and issued a DNI from the Mississippi Department of Health.

Mississippi Sen. Kevin Blackwell said there are enough votes from both the House and Senate to get this bill passed. He said he expects the governor to convene a special session within the next two weeks so that the bill can be passed before the end of the year.

Scroll through the photos below to see several highlights of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/dMaKdnxWEn

– Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association (@medmarijuanams), October 7, 2021

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