Meet Steve and Sally Gaer.
Steve Gaer is the Mayor of West Des Moines. Steve and Sally attended last night’s medical cannabis discussion at the downtown Des Moines Public Library (see Channel 5 News coverage of the event here.)
Last Monday, Sally Gaer called into Iowa Public Radio’s River to River program to talk about her daughter’s epilepsy and cannabis. I typed a transcript of the show and put it online here. Here’s what Sally had to say:
Ben Kieffer: Sally in West Des Moines, hi.
Sally Gaer: Hi.
Ben Kieffer: What is your position on medical uses of cannabis?
Sally Gaer: Well, we have not had access to medical cannabis yet, and I am very eager to try it. We have a 23 year old daughter with Dravet Syndrome, a very rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy. And we currently, she’s on, currently, four anti-epileptic seizure meds, has more than one seizure a week, and one of her meds, we import under the compassionate use from France. All of these meds have terrible side effects, she functions at a four to five year old level, and there are many young patients with Dravet Syndrome getting help from cannabis. It is not addicting. It is a medicine. None of these children, and my daughter, will ever drive a car or fly an airplane. They just need help for their seizures.
Ben Kieffer: Sally, thank you for your view from West Des Moines.
On February 17, 2010, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy unanimously recommended the Iowa Legislature legalize medical cannabis after a series of four hearings around the State of Iowa. The Legislature ignored the Board’s recommendation. Prior to the Board’s unanimous ruling, Dale Todd, former Chair of the Iowa Epilepsy Foundation, testified on the record to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, stating:
“I’m aware of people in this state who unfortunately are afraid to say who they are but who use marijuana to help with the control of their seizure activity, and they are still productive members of our society, and they manage to lead a decent life, even though the quality of their life has been impacted by this deadly disease.” —Dale Todd, former Chair of Iowa Epilepsy Foundation, October 7, 2009, Iowa City, Iowa
Cannabis activists have known about epilepsy and cannabis for years. I’m extremely glad people are finally becoming aware of cannabis true healing capabilities. This plant has been demonized as being nothing more than a youthful exploration of an alternative means of inebriation while having potential to change the way the world views modern medicine. The government has worked extremely hard for many decades to lie to us about the curative properties of natural cannabis — and people are finally waking up.
We’re only beginning to understand how cannabis oil and cannabis juice can effect the healing process. As the next round of propaganda against this cheap and effective medicine rolls out — mold! concentrated thc oil! youth are using! — follow WeedPress on Facebook. If you’d like your story heard by legislators this next session, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to me on the Iowa Patients for Medical Marijuana Facebook page. You can remain anonymous if you’d like. I’ll publish your story here on WeedPress and make sure politicians see it next year.
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