The waiting game: Why families who need medical marijuana are struggling to get it in PA – FOX43.com
NEW OXFORD, ADAMS CO., PA–Getting legal access to medical marijuana is no easy task in Pennsylvania, and for the Sharrer’s that’s no exception.
Angela Sharrer says, “You have to obtain it legally. In order to obtain it legally, you have to be a resident of that state.”
Her daughter Annie is 12 years old… She has epileptic seizures and is autistic. Angela says Annie has been on 12 different medications in her life. She says they ran out of options to control Annie’s seizures.
“How do you have legal access to something that some states won’t allow you to get unless you’re a resident?”
“You would have not seen the Annie you see right now, had we kept her on that medicine.”
The Sharrers then turned to medical marijuana as a treatment option for their daughter. Now, Annie only has a seizure once every 7 to 10 days.
“She was having much more than that on the medications that weren’t working… She’s much more aware and alert since starting cannibus.”
While the Sharrers have made progress with Annie’s treatment, and the state has progressed with the legalization of medical marijuana… Pennsylvania Senator Mike Folmer acknowledges, there is still one big problem:
“It sounded great, but how do you legally acquire… how do you have legal access to something that some states won’t allow you to get unless you’re a resident?”
Angela says even with the safe harbor letter which allows parents of qualifying children to legally have medical marijuana in their possession, it’s nearly impossible to access the drug with consistent ratios of hemp oil to THC which is the psychoactive component in marijuana. this is commonly referred to as the CBD to THC ratio.
Angela says that consistency in ratios is extremely