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Mexico’s first medical marijuana user could be an 8-year-old girl

By WITW Staff on September 6, 2015

Eight-year-old Graciela suffers up to 400 intense, forceful epileptic convulsions per day — “without counting those she endures while sleeping,” her mother, Mayela Benavides, told AFP this week. In Monterrey, Mexico, Mayela’s world revolves around caring for her daughter, who is nearly four feet tall, weighs 40 pounds, and is confined to diapers. After trying surgery and treatments like equine therapy, the desperate family requested a permit to import cannabidiol, or CBD, one of the 85 active cannabinoids in cannabis, to help her medically and took the case to court after being denied. (The effects of non-psychoactive CBD differ from tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the component of marijuana that gives users the effects of “being high.”) A federal judge ruled in their favor — a historic moment in a country that opposes legalization and a government in the midst of a violent conflict with drug cartels. The attorney general’s office may overturn the ruling, but in the meantime, the family tends to Graciela and hopes for the best. “She’s my life companion,” Benavides said. “It’s painful to see her suffering.”

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