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8-year-old boy with epilepsy benefits from cannabis oil

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Legislation that would allow minors and those with epilepsy to use medical cannabis in Illinois is one step closer to law.

Chase Gross, 8, suffers from a debilitating type of epilepsy. His parents have been on the forefront of the fight to get state lawmakers to modify the medical marijuana law to allow kids and adults in Chase's situation to use the drug to treat their symptoms.

Chase's mother, Nicole, moved to Colorado so she can legally get the oil form of the drug there. She told a senate health committee in Springfield Tuesday it has dramatically reduced the 1,500 seizures Chase had been having every day.

"Following his dose of the cannabis oil, we started to see one to two seizures in two minutes, and then two minutes seizure free, five minutes seizure free, then eight...and when we hit twenty, I cried," said Nicole.

Nicole and her husband, Randy, are hopeful the law will get changed after the eight member senate committee unanimously approved a revised bill. Three of the senators had voted against the original bill.

"It's cautious optimism because we're having to fight every step of the way and we were successful today, but we've got four steps to go and at any point in any one of those steps it could fall apart," said Randy.

For the Gross,' cannabis oil has been a game changer for their son who functions at a 2-year-old level. Controlling Chase's seizures has begun to improve his cognitive ability in amazing and heartwarming ways.

"As a mom too, it's fun to see his personality, we're seeing more of his personality, we're seeing more of a sense of humor, he wants to tease and play, he likes to make jokes, he likes to hide things from us now and run away, and he knows what he's doing and he thinks it's funny. And before we did not really see that," added Nicole.

Seizures can be treated with traditional marijuana, which is smoked, or in Chase's case with a drop of oil, that contains virtually no THC, the ingredient in pot that produces the high.

The measure amending Illinois' four-year medical cannabis pilot program now moves to the Senate floor.

If the revised bill passes, it could benefit some of the 40,000 people in the Chicago area who suffer from intractable epilepsy, which doesn't respond to traditional seizure medication. This includes about 1,000 kids.

The bill is SB2636.

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