The family of 14-year-old Shelby Sparks, who has a severe form of epilepsy, want her to be able to legally use a form of medical marijuana.(Photo: WFAA)
GRAPEVINE — In search of a new treatment option for their children, dozens of North Texas families are heading to Austin in support of two bills that could bring a form of medical marijuana to the state.
Shelby Sparks and her family left their Grapevine home Monday evening for what they see as the next step in the fight for a better life. Shelby, 14, has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy which causes her to have anywhere from three to 12 seizures every evening.
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Diagnosed at six months, the impact has left Shelby closer to the cognitive level of a two-year-old. The Sparks have spent the last 13 years searching for help, with no luck.
The family of 14-year-old Shelby Sparks, who has a severe form of epilepsy, want her to be able to legally use a form of medical marijuana. (Photo: WFAA)
“We’ve been on over 15 different anti-convulsion drugs,” said her father, Chuck Sparks.
So the family is heading to Austin for the one thing they haven’t tried.
“We want the opportunity to try CBD oil,” Sparks said.
Cannabidiol — or CBD oil — is made from marijuana plants, but is low in THC. First available in Colorado, many families using the treatment say the liquid reduces the number of seizures.
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