Parents to Epileptic Man Plead with City Commissioners for Medical Marijuana

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Jan 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 13:45:26-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Tallahassee city commissioners moved to adjust language in a proposed moratorium on medical marijuana.

But will still vote on the measure after the final of two public hearings.

The proposal calls for a six-month hold on applications for new dispensaries and treatment centers as officials come up with standards and regulations for this growing industry.

Wednesday, the parents of a Tallahassee man with epilepsy addressed the commission.

"We've done everything medically possible, including brain surgery, diets, everything there is to do," said Rosalyn Deckerhoff, the mother of the Tallahassee man. "Medical cannabis is our last option."

The father, Dennis Deckerhoff, said, "If there were a particular strain of the plant that would be most beneficial to my son, and a dispensary were able to obtain that plant and grow that plant, they would not be able to dispense it in the next 180 days, according to this that I'm reading."

They said their son has suffered from seizures for more than 20 years and voiced concern about whether the moratorium would keep them from getting the high dosage treatment he needs.

Amendment 2 became effective this year in Florida, expanding medical cannabis treatment to include stronger strains of the drug to treat a wider range of conditions.

Commissioners agreed to look at the wording of the moratorium to ensure that the parents can continue to treat their son with the appropriate medicine.

A final public hearing is set for January 25th.