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Parents: 7-year-old needs medical marijuana for epilepsy

Sophia Nazzarine was diagnosed at just 8 months old with intractable epilepsy. (Photo: Sophia Nazzarine) Sophia Nazzarine was diagnosed at just 8 months old with intractable epilepsy. (Photo: Sophia Nazzarine)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

After years of uncontrollable seizures at all times of the day and night, the parents of a 7-year-old Cincinnati girl are saying enough is enough.

Sophia Nazzarine was diagnosed at just 8 months old with intractable epilepsy. After undergoing several surgeries and taking every medication available, her parents say the only treatment they have left is illegal.

"She's been on 17 different seizure medications at least, countless sedatives,” said Sophia's mother, Nicole Nazzarine. “She's had two brain surgeries where most of her right frontal lobe has been removed.”

Right now, Nazzarrine says Sophia and her father Scott are visiting Colorado looking for a legal solution to her epilepsy seizures not available in Ohio.

Last year, Learn Liberty in conjunction with the Drug Policy Alliance produced a documentary following Sophia's journey. After it's debut on YouTube Wednesday, the video has already garnered more than 11,000 views.

"It's not getting them high. There is a component CBD, cannabidiol that is in medical marijuana that can help them stop seizures,” Nazarrine said.

Some strains of medical marijuana high in cannabidiol and low in THC (the psychoactive ingredient) have been proven to lessen the frequencies of seizures in children and adults. However, it is still a long way from becoming legal in Ohio.

Ohio House Bill 33 proposed earlier this year would authorize persons diagnosed with seizure disorders certain uses of cannabidiol and other drugs or substances derived from cannabis. So far, legislators have not acted on it.

Now Nicole and her family are considering a move to Colorado if the medication is effective. It could be the only way she says her daughter may have a chance at a bright future.

"Write to the governor if you can. His stance needs to change because we are out of options,” Nazzarine said.

The Nazzarine's also started a petition to help push medical marijuana legislation through the Ohio legislatures. They initially set a goal of 25,000 signatures. In just 24 hours, more than 20,000 have already signed.

Related:

Sophia's Story: One Family's Fight For a Happily Ever After

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