Kansas family fights for medical marijuana to save daughter’s life

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(KSHB) — A Wichita, Kansas family traveled to Topeka Tuesday to testify before state lawmakers about making an exception to the law that criminalizes THC oil. 

Gwen Hartley’s daughter, Lola, is 12 years old and has microcephaly, cerebral palsy and dwarfism. 

Hartley said she and her husband, Scott, are willing to make the seven-hour trip to Colorado to get low THC oil to help Lola with her seizures. The oil is derived from the marijuana plant, but contains small amounts of THC, which is the psychoactive canniboid that causes a high.

Because low THC oil is illegal in Kansas, Hartley cannot bring it back into the state without fear of being arrested or having her daughter taken away. 

Proposed legislation in the Kansas House, House Bill 2244, would allow parents to travel to Colorado to get THC oil and bring it back into Kansas legally.

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