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Title: Charlotte Figi, Who Showed Americans the Value of Medical Marijuana, Dies of COVID-19 at Age 13
Source: Reason
URL Source: https://reason.com/2020/04/08/charl ... na-dies-of-covid-19-at-age-13/
Published: Apr 8, 2020
Author: Scott Shackford
Post Date: 2020-04-08 14:25:18 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 195
Comments: 5

A young girl whose lifelong battle with seizures helped changed many minds about the value of medical marijuana died Tuesday from the coronavirus at the age of 13.

News of Charlotte Figi's death was posted on her mother Paige's Facebook page by a family friend. In late March, five members of the Figi family, including Charlotte, got sick and were self-quarantining in Colorado. The Colorado Sun reports that the family had not been able to get tested to determine whether they had been infected with COVID-19. But an organization that Paige belonged to confirmed today that Charlotte's death was due to the coronavirus:

Charlotte spent much of her life fighting Dravet syndrome, a very rare form of epilepsy that causes children to suffer from long, recurring seizures and resists most medical treatment. About 15 percent of children with Dravet syndrome don't survive to adulthood.

Charlotte's fight to control her seizures became a national story when the family reported that treating Charlotte with cannabidiol oil, more commonly known as CBD, dramatically reduced her seizures. Paige connected Charlotte with medical marijuana producers in Colorado, run by the Stanley brothers, and they developed a strain of cannabis with high levels of CBD, which they made into an oil. That medical marijuana dispensary subsequently named their strain (and later, their whole company) Charlotte's Web after her.

The success of Charlotte's treatment drew families from across the country to Colorado from other states where leaders were dragging their feet on legalizing medical marijuana use. While Charlotte's story was known both to those who followed medical marijuana trends and to families with children struggling with epilepsy, her story became national news in 2013 when CNN reported on her case and the network's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, reversed his position and declared his support for marijuana as a medical treatment because of Charlotte.

When Charlotte was born, only a handful of states permitted the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Now in 2020, only three states maintain complete bans—Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska. And there's a ballot initiative in Nebraska for consideration in November to amend the state's constitution to permit it.

Paige Figi founded the nonprofit Coalition for Access Now, which works to educate Americans about the value of marijuana and CBD oils as a potential treatment for health problems and advocates for changes in the law to allow for legal consumption.

While legal changes are still a fight, especially on the federal level, it's safe to say that the Figi family and Charlotte have succeeded wildly in helping change Americans' view of the value of CBD oils. Now, CBD goods have become trendy—maybe a little too trendy, given those who want to attempt to treat it as a miracle cure for just about anything. The Food and Drug Administration is sending out letters warning CBD companies to stop telling people that their products will protect users from COVID-19. And state governments persist in meddling unnecessarily in the use of CBD in foods and beverages.

It's a tragedy that Charlotte didn't make it to adulthood to fully appreciate how much the Figi family's hard work has helped change the landscape for marijuana policy. More children in Charlotte's situation now have easier access to treatments that can ease their suffering. More research is happening, too, to determine what cannabis can actually do as medicine.

America is a different place now—and a much, much better one when it comes to drug policy—because of the pivotal role played by Charlotte Figi and her family.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Charlotte Figi, Who Showed Americans the Value of Medical Marijuana, Dies of COVID-19 at Age 13

Well, now we know one thing marijuana doesn't cure.

But wait! Could marijuana be causing COVID-19 deaths? Do we know if those infected people were also using marijuana and died because of it?

misterwhite  posted on  2020-04-08   14:42:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: misterwhite (#1)

Well, now we know one thing marijuana doesn't cure.

CBD isn't marijuana. it doesn't contain THC.

But I expect you already knew that.

You can buy it now at convenience stores and gas stations.

Could marijuana be causing COVID-19 deaths? Do we know if those infected people were also using marijuana and died because of it?

Wow! Seriously?

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2020-04-08   14:50:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: misterwhite (#1)

Well, now we know one thing marijuana doesn't cure.

We also know you continue to be a festering puddle of pus.

Nobody was claiming it was a CURE,numbnuts. It is a TREATMENT METHOD. Get someone of average intelligence that is maybe 12 years old to explain this concept to you.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2020-04-08   15:09:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#2)

Wow! Seriously?

Sure! She was taking marijuana, got COVID-19, and died. Why can't we conclude that marijuana causes death in all COVID-19 cases?

misterwhite  posted on  2020-04-08   15:10:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0)

However - The invesTigaTors did find a pipe - a jar of ... Purple Widow cannabis --- a sTrain ThoughT To mellow depression

If you ... don't use exclamation points --- you should't be typeing ! Commas - semicolons - question marks are for girlie boys !

BorisY  posted on  2020-04-08   17:48:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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