Could marijuana extract save Tristan?

HARTFORD CITY — Six-year-old Tristan Stiffler could die before the state Legislature approves cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of the marijuana plant, for the treatment of his epilepsy.

His grandmother, Pam Coats, a former Delaware County correctional officer, hopes Tristan lives a long life. But she fears that "if they don't legalize this and get him and other children like him off all these medicines that destroy his organs, he's not going to be here a year from now."

Two dozen states have enacted medical marijuana laws and more than a dozen others have approved CBD-only legislation. Indiana is not among them, but bills are pending in the current session of the Indiana General Assembly that could authorize CBD clinical trials or legalize CBD for the treatment of uncontrolled seizures.

Tristan is autistic and was born with brain damage. He's suffered from seizures since he was six months old. He is taking phenobarbital, Keppra, Topiramate,...

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