Mother Reacts To Gov. Corbett's Decision To Back Marijuana Extra

Mother Reacts To Gov. Corbett's Decision To Back Marijuana Extract Treatment For Kids

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BERKS COUNTY, Pa. - 21 states, including New Jersey now allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

This is big news in the sense that Governor Corbett has until now been a firm "no" on the subject.

However, the governor is not winning much praise from a mom on the front lines of this debate.

Dana Ulrich savors these rare moments with 6-year-old Lorelei.

Her daughter is happy, calm and lucid, no signs of the intractable epilepsy that causes wild mood swings, and hundreds of minor and several major seizures each day.

Dana says she's grateful the governor now supports a pilot program that could make cannabis oil available to control Lorelei's seizures, but asks:

"What about children with cancer? What about adults with cancer?"

She is disappointed the governor's plan does not include a broader acceptance of medical marijuana for all kinds of patients in need.

"I would never be able to rest easy knowing that my daughter is getting a treatment that could help her condition, but we're saying to everyone else, 'sorry for your luck," Ulrich said.

It’s not clear how much THC, the key ingredient in medical marijuana, would be allowed in the cannabis oil that could be approved.

So Dana is not sure Corbett's change of heart would actually help her daughter.

"Cannabis is something that needs to be used in plant form. It needs all of its components to be most effective," she explained.

Dana comes to that conclusion based on a year's worth of research into medical marijuana.

She is a stay-at-home mom with no college degree, but what she lacks in pedigree, she makes up for in passion.

"I don't have any letters behind my name, but I'm a mamma bear. And I will do whatever I need to do in order to make sure that my daughter has the best medical care available,"Ulrich said.

That means fighting for full acceptance of plant-form, medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Until then, Dana says she'd be willing to break the law to get Lorelei the cannabis that might help her.

"My fear is that if I were to use this treatment for my daughter illegally, that not only would i go to jail, but my children would be taken away," Ulrich said.
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