Channel 7 News – January 4, 2017
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – At 5 years old Bruno has a rare form of epilepsy, which can cause him to have up to 300 seizures a day.
By using medical marijuana Burno is able to reduce the number of seizures he has a week to about three or five, according to his mom Jacel Delgadillo.
So on Tuesday, when the little patient received a shipment of low-THC medical marijuana — something his mom had been fighting for him to be allowed to use the drug for years – the entire family was thrilled.
“His medicine being delivered to him, I don’t have to travel or worry about who is going to watch him,” Delgadillo said. “It’s a sense of relief for us.”
And this is just the start of change in the state.
Low-THC cannabis was actually approved for patients like Bruno two years ago, and in November, Florida voters approved Amendment 2, and that means more patients will be able to qualify for the stronger strain of the drug.
But it won’t happen overnight.
Under Amendment 2 the Florida Department of Health has six months to craft rules related to medical marijuana treatment centers and clarify what doctors and dispensing organizations can legally do.
The state has nine months to start issuing patient identification cards.
Those with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and PTSD are qualified for a card under the new law, in addition to those with other debilitating medical conditions for which a physician believes the use would likely outweigh the potential health risk to the patient.
As for Delgadillo, Wednesday felt like the end to a very long battle.
“It’s a miracle, we are very emotional and just really excited,” she said.