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‘Thank you cannabis!’: Epileptic girl’s seizures cut by 80 percent after parents move to Colorado

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The family of an epileptic girl who was experiencing as many as 100 seizures a day said this week that their daughter had quickly improved after they moved from Ohio to Colorado for cannabis treatments.

Mother Heather Benton told WCPO that her 3-year-old daughter, Addyson, began receiving a non-psychoactive THCA treatment two days after making the 1,200-mile move from West Chester to Castle Rock.

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“It’s been fantastic,” Heather Benton explained. “Her seizures have gone from around 100 noticeable seizures a day to — the other day we counted, I think it was 19. We were down to 19.”

“She was walking with ease. It was really strange before [the treatment] she always walked like she was drunk. She just always swayed, she’d maybe make it five feet and fall,” the mother recalled. “And we noticed six hours after we put [the cannabis patch] on her, she wasn’t falling down. We noticed she started mimicking our hand gestures when we were talking. She started mimicking people on TV, the way that they talk, the way that they hold their hands.”

In a message to their supporters on Facebook, the Bentons posted a photo of the counter they use to keep track of Addyson’s seizures. “Record!!!! Thank you Cannabis!!!!” the caption read.

But the Bentons said that the move to Colorado was not easy. It created a financial hardship, and upset relationships with friends and family.

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“To think of the hoops that we have to jump through to obtain this medicine is sad,” Heather Benton lamented. “There are so many people who aren’t going to be able to afford this move and their child is not going to get the care that they need.”

“And it just seems so ridiculous now that we’re actually able to try it. Why is this being withheld from any child?” she added.

Watch the video below from WCPO, broadcast May 18, 2015.

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In videos uploaded to Twitter, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) received a chorus of boos and shouts from a town hall crowd after she tried to blame mass shootings on mental health issues, with one person shouting, "Do something!"

According to a report from Iowa Starting Line, the embattled Iowa Senator whose approval numbers have dropped, due in part to President Donald Trump, was pressed by one local teacher about changing gun laws so she can get back to the job she was hired for.

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During a CNN discussion on gun control, Santorum criticized calls from Democratic candidates for the government to buy back assault-style weapons in addition to banning them.

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The sponsor of a bill that would effectively ban all abortions in Tennessee said that he hopes to "destroy Satan."

Sen. Mark Pody (R) made the remarks at a Monday prayer gathering before debate on the bill.

"I'm not against any colleagues, whether they're standing with me or not," Pody said. "I'm against Satan and I'm standing with God."

"We will not back up, we will not back down, we will not turn around," he added. "We face the enemy. We have no protection when we run. We have no protection for our back."

The Tennessee ban would take effect once "a viable pregnancy is presumed to exist or has been confirmed," effectively banning all abortions in the state. There is no exception in the bill for rape or incest.

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