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One PA parent is pushing hard for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Reported by: James Tully

MECHANICSBURG -- Louann Speese-Stanley lives in Mechanicsburg spending all of her time caring for her 16 year-old daughter,  Diana.

Diana does not speak, and Speese-Stanley explained that she suffers seizures because a certain diluted chromosome. The seizures are something Speese-Stanley has dealt with since Diana was a little more than a week old.

"Nine days old they started, and shes been on anti-seizure meds since she was nine days old," she said. The medications to help control Diana's seizures cost, at her estimate, cost in excess of $2,000 a month, and have not provided a perfect solution.

"Shes getting seizures at least twice a week, which isnt bad on the spectrum of seizure frequency, but the drugs she's taking have terrible side effects," Speese-Stanley told CBS 21 News. 

Watching a CNN report on "Charlotte's Web" gave Speese-Stanely hope there might be other options.

"Charlotte's Web" is a strain of medical marijuana grown in Colorado.  The genetically modified strain is full of cannabidiol (CBD), which is an ingredient used to successfully treat children who suffer form seizures.

It takes its name both from the E.B. White book and from a six-year-old Colorado girl named Charlotte who was the first to be treated with the designer drug. 

Speese-Stanley never thought in her wildest dreams she'd be advocating for marijuana for her child, but she's ready to go on a journey to try and get it legalized.  

That journey, however, will be an uphill climb. Gov. Tom Corbett has said repeatedly that he will veto any bill supporting the legalization of medical marijuana. 

House Bill 1181, which is currently in the health committee, would legalize medical marijuana but only for persons over the age of 21.

Speese-Stanley maintains that she can't move to Colorado, one of 20 states where medical marijuana for minors is legal, because the rest of her family is here in central Pennsylvania. 

She's started a petition "PA Parents for Legalizing Marijuana" hoping one day she can present it to Corbett.

To view the petition, click HERE.
 
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