Epileptic girl challenges Mexico medical marijuana ban
Graciela Elizalde, an 8-year-old girl who has a severe form of epilepsy known as the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, could become Mexico's first authorised consumer of medical marijuana to alleviate the hundreds of epileptic seizures that strike her every day.
Last month, a judge gave her parents permission to get cannabis oil despite the government’s strong opposition.
Despite surgery and alternative treatments her epileptic fits "have greatly grown in intensity, force and frequency, with 400 episodes (per day), without counting those she endures while sleeping," her mother said.
Grace's parents were losing hope until they learned about a child in the US state of Colorado whose epilepsy improved thanks to cannabidiol.
Her father, Raul Elizalde, drove 2,000 kilometers to Colorado to get the medication, but was refused as he wasn’t a resident.
Despite Mexico’s prohibition, Graciela’s parents requested a permit from the health ministry, but were instantly refused. The family’s lawyer took their case to court and, in a historic ruling, a federal judge ruled in their favour on August 17, allowing them to import cannabidiol.
Go on Graciela!