The Virginia state Senate unanimously passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana.
Lawmakers voted 40-0, approving the legislation to allow all doctors to prescribe an oil extracted from weed for anyone who needs it.
It has been an emotional fight by the families. They were a group of families fighting for laws to allow people suffering from epilepsy to be treated with medical marijuana.
Beth Collins had to move to Colorado with her with her daughter Jennifer for a year so that she could legally use cannabidiol, an extract of the plant, which nearly eliminated Jennifer’s 300 daily seizures.
“We chose to come back to the state we love and the people we love and put our faith in our lawmakers,” said Collins
“It feels good to know that millions of patients can potentially benefit from this. It’s just great,” she added.
The bill also received a great response from the medical community.
“We physicians are the ones that follow the literature and know which treatments are best for different conditions. The literature on medical cannabis is going to be evolving rapidly now, and because of this, it is not a decision that should be in the hands of the legislature. Instead, it should be with physicians.” said Bonnie Kristian