Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles Supports Call for Increased Medical Marijuana Access and Research

[Los Angeles, CA – February 20, 2014] As the leading advocacy organization for people living with epilepsy in the greater Los Angeles area, we join the national Epilepsy Foundation in feeling a sense of urgency to respond to and take action on an issue that has been brought to our attention by the people we serve — the use of medical marijuana to treat epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles supports the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician directed care, including medical marijuana.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles calls for an end to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) restrictions that limit clinical trials and research into medical marijuana for epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles believes that an end to seizures should not be determined by one’s zip code.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles will be doing the following to support improved access and research into medical marijuana:

  1. Calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration to implement a lesser schedule for marijuana so that it can be more easily accessible for medical research.
  2. Supporting appropriate changes to state laws to increase access to medical marijuana as a treatment option for epilepsy, including pediatric use as supported by a treating physician.
  3. Supporting the inclusion of epilepsy as a condition that uses medical marijuana as a treatment option where it is currently available.
  4. Supporting research on multiple forms of cannabis and seizures.

Read the national Epilepsy Foundation’s statement in its entirety here: http://bit.ly/1fevc8w

We are not going to let more children and adults be denied access to a potentially life-saving treatment for epilepsy. We are asking the public to help us speak up and speak out on behalf of people with epilepsy at http://capwiz.com/efa/mlm/signup.

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About Epilepsy

When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy, which affects more than 2 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide. This year, another 150,000 people in our country will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite all available treatments, four out of 10 people with epilepsy continue to experience uncontrolled seizures while many more experience less than optimal seizure control.

About the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles

Established in 1957 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY® and the burden of seizures. Our fundraising and community efforts support care, advocacy and education, today, while investing in research and hope for tomorrow. Visit us online at ENDEPILEPSY.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebekkah Halliwell 310.670.2870 x103 rhalliwell@endepilepsy.org