Wichita mom pushes to legalize medical marijuana for daughter

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Tracy Robles wants to get medical marijuana legalized in hopes of giving her six-year-old daughter Sofie a voice again.

Sofie's dark hair, brown eyes and smile light up a room, but daily seizures since she was 18-months-old have controlled her life.

"She was on so many medicines that she slept and had seizures," said Sofie's mother Tracy Robles. "That was the extent of her two years."

Sofie is now in first grade. She can't talk. She eats only ground-up food and she still drinks from a sippy cup.

"You really understand how long 30 seconds is," said Robles. "When you watch your daughter go through a seizure, it feels like an eternity."

Robles is joining a growing effort in lobbying state lawmakers to get medical marijuana legalized.

"It is not people who are looking to get high," she said. "There are people with real medical issues, and it has been shown to help with it. They would like the opportunity to try it."

The plant is made into an oil. Children like Sofie, who are given small amounts of the oil, see dramatic results. Many have Fewer seizures, better sleep and no side effects.

It's a desperate plea from one mother who simply wants her little girl to stop suffering.

"The possibility of her having seizure control, and maybe being able to speak is worth so much."


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