UPDATE: Okanagan toddler using medical marijuana seizure free
SUMMERLAND – It’s not exactly the kind of medicine most parents would give their toddler but an Okanagan couple has turned to medical marijuana to treat a serious condition their two year old daughter was born with. Kyla Williams was born with a neurological disease that results in up to 200 seizures every day. After trying countless prescription drugs with no relief, the family decided to turn to medical marijuana. They heard about children with similar symptoms being treated with it in Colorado. The Summerland girl started using cannabis oil a week ago and her family says the results so far have been very successful. “My daughter was having 200 seizures and we are on today day six seizure free,” says mom Courtney Williams. Seeing the benefits first hand, the family is now promoting medical marijuana. Today they attended a medical marijuana convention showcasing the plant’s benefits in their hometown of Summerland. Even Kyla’s grandfather who is an ex RCMP officer is now speaking in support of medical pot, something he says he never thought he’d be doing in his lifetime. “There are ethical questions of course. I came from a background where I used to arrest people under old narcotic control act and for sure there will be thoughts against it but I tell you until you have been in a situation like this you cannot judge,” says Chris Nuessler. Access to cannabis oil in Canada isn’t easy. It’s considered illegal, something advocates are hoping to change. The medial marijuana promoters came to Summerland to speak as part of their Canadian Silver tour. It’s a tour targeting a demographic that could make a real difference in getting the laws changed in this country–seniors. “Seniors are group in society that vote. They actually go and vote. They also need cannabis the most because they are heavily inundated with toxic medicine so they would win the day,” says Jim Leslie with the Canadian Silver Tour. Kyla’s family is also hoping for change in this country. With a whole team of doctors behind them, they say they’re just starting the fight to make access to medical cannabis easier for those who need it. “The Government needs to get on board. There are a lot of children that can benefit from this,” says Kyla’s mom Courtney Williams.