Daniel Morii Still Bringing People Together

For more than 40 years Daniel Morii documented sustainability efforts and the Cannabis movement. His works reveal many storylines across Hawaii and in his own neighborhood. Daniel Morii was also successful in business. He and a small group of friends created a commune in the heart of Haight-Ashbury. Unbeknownst to many, that small group of hippies […]

#Simon2Zion: Rest and Recovery [Part 3]

I honestly struggle with rest and recovery. However, I’m learning how valuable they really are to my fitness goals. Before hiring my coach Dana Katz, I had the faintest idea how to structure a training schedule…let alone how to accommodate rest and recovery days. I would end up waiting until my body would become so […]

Olivia’s Story – Cannabis and Epilepsy

From birth, doctors were sure Olivia’s lack of cerebral cortex and severe underdevelopment in her brain would yield an abbreviated life. After four years of testing and endless doctor’s visits, Olivia was diagnosed with pyruvic dehydrogenase deficiency, a genetic neurodegenerative disease that prevents cells from fully metabolizing glucose, affecting energy production and increasing the buildup […]

Medical Marijuana Through The Eyes And Suffering Of Those Who Need It Most

There is only one question we should be asking ourselves in the debate over medical marijuana. That question should be, To what lengths would you go to save your loved one? I hope your answer is that you would do whatever it takes to not see the person you love suffer. It’s time to let […]

Saturday Night Live Cast Member Says He Uses Marijuana For Crohn’s Disease

If you use marijuana medicinally, you are in good company. Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson says he smokes marijuana as a way of managing his Crohn’s disease. “I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me and seeing all these doctors and trying new things… Weed would be the only thing […]

Canada: How Medicinal Cannabis Helped A Cancer Survivor Live Again

Radiation treatment for Kelly Oliphant’s Stage 4 prostate cancer left him with radiation colitis and cystitis. “I have, from one hip to the other in the front, a six-inch belt that burns constantly,” Oliphant explains. “It’s like having a sunburn on the inside of your skin. One doctor related it to having shingles.” Oliphant endured […]

Family Frustrated With Slow Pace Of Medical Marijuana In Ohio

Dayton, Ohio – Medical marijuana is now the law in Ohio but parents with sick children, especially those suffering from debilitating seizures, said they were frustrated because it may still take up to two years before they have access to the drug. Lindsay Sandlin was just 9-years-old when her parents started pushing for the passage […]

Irish Toddler With Epilepsy Freed From Seizure Nightmare After Cannabis Treatment

An Irish boy of three who suffers from a rare incurable form of epilepsy is seizure free since being treated with cannabis oils in the United States. Tristan Cahalane suffers from Dravet Syndrome, which left him suffering a number of traumatic seizures daily. But for the past three months he has been doing very well […]

Before And After Affects As Man Takes Cannabis For Parkinson’s Tremors

A stunning video has been made by a man living with Parkinson’s Disease to demonstrate the relief he gets from using cannabis to self-treat his symptoms. Ian Frizell has posted a short film to show why he supports the drug’s legalisation, calling for MPs to back its legal use for treating medical conditions. He said, […]

Autistic Boy Gains Ability To Speak After Just 2 Days Of Cannabis Oil Treatment

At 10 months of age, Kalel Santiago of Puerto Rico was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He endured chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgery for two years – and survived. Then he was diagnosed with something permanent: severe autism that disabled him from speaking. “While he was in the hospital, we noticed […]

MO: KCMO Mom Wants Medical Marijuana For Her Son’s Severe Epilepsy

Kansas City, Mo. – A Kansas City mom wants Missouri voters to legalize medical marijuana for patients who need it, like her son with severe epilepsy, but politicians are blocking it from going on November’s ballot. “I’m very upset because these elected politicians are trying to stop something that we the people who put them […]

PA: Medical Marijuana Stopped Brenden’s Epileptic Seizures

Dingmans Ferry When Brenden Doran of Dingmans Ferry was only three weeks old, he got very sick. When he threw up, the contents of his stomach flew five feet from his bassinet. He was losing weight. Doctors prescribed medicine but it didn’t work. It took weeks before they identified the problem: pyloric stenosis, the narrowing […]

CBD Oil Is Shaking Up The Medical Cannabis Industry

Corinne Malanca credits CBD oil with saving her father’s life. Five years ago, Stan Rutner underwent chemotherapy for Stage 4 lung cancer. After treatment, an inoperable brain tumor was found and he fell sick with pneumonia caused by his radiation treatments. Thinking Rutner only had weeks to live, Malanca turned to the internet for answers. […]

How Medical Cannabis Changed My Life

Medical cannabis is slowly becoming part of the mainstream discussion in the UK. The NHS is trialling a cannabis vape pen, you can now buy medical oils with a high CBD content (the chemical in weed that helps mitigate the symptoms of lots of nasty ailments) and just last week a parliamentary report recommended that […]

How Backyard Pot Farming Is Helping Kids With Autism

Karlee lives in a quiet town in southeastern Washington. Last year, she put in a new cedar fence around her home. The fence is 6 feet tall, and behind it Karlee grows tomatoes, zucchini, and marijuana. As it matures, the sweet smell of pot starts to waft into the neighborhood. This is Karlee’s cue that […]

Here’s Why This 14-Year-Old Cancer Warrior Grows His Own Cannabis

In 2015, we brought you the story of Chico Ryder and since then, it has remained one of the most viewed stories we have on Illegally Healed; for good reason. Chico was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of 10 in late 2012, and was treated with intense chemotherapy and 28 radiation sessions. This resulted in him being wheelchair-bound for […]

ON: Nurses Won’t Give Cannabis Oil To Son Who Suffers Seizures, Toronto Mom Says

A Toronto mother whose son suffers from chronic seizures due to a rare genetic condition is frustrated that some nurses in Toronto hospitals have refused to administer cannabis oil, which she says brings him relief. Maria Niembro, mother of 11-year-old Francesco, told CBC’s Metro Morning on Monday that she has to administer the cannabis oil […]

What’s the Best Strain for Crohn’s Disease?

Medical Marijuana Research

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 12 years ago and got my first medical cannabis card in California around the same time. I have written about it online and I happily talk about it whenever prompted. I am frequently asked the same question, “what’s the best strain for Crohn’s Disease?” First and foremost, I am […]

AZ: Mother Turns To Legal Cannabis Extract CBD To Ease Daughter’s Epilepsy

Verde Valley – When Breanna Moore of Camp Verde hired Perfect Chance Photography to capture an image of her infant daughter Kyrsten, she thought it was going be her last. Kyrsten was struggling with encephaly and was not expected to survive – until owner Chance Pedersen mentioned her husband Ian Pedersen’s involvement in CBD therapy. […]

Medical Cannabis Helps My Son Lead A More Normal Life

Like many of you, I’m a busy mom with a fast-paced, high-stress job – and that’s outside of the home. My first job is being a mom to my two wonderful children, and with that comes all of the worry and pressure we feel every day as we try to do right by our children […]

Woman Claims Her Lung Cancer Was Cured By Cannabis Oil

There have been many stories unfolding about people who have cured themselves of terminal cancers by using pure cannabis oil rather than going through chemotherapy. For instance, Michelle Aldrich was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in January of 2012. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the US. In 2015, there were […]

Best Practices for Keeping Your Children While Using Medical Cannabis in Hawaii

Law enforcement will most likely continue their investigation after a routine compliance check if children and what police call, “paraphernalia” were present during the raid. Would you rather risk losing your children to Child Protective Services or treat your disease using Cannabis? There are very few protections and all of them hinge of a police officer’s ability to do […]

Wanda James – Medical Marijuana Patient Story

Uploaded on Jan 11, 2011 Transcription to follow: My name is Wanda James and I have a very bad hip that requires cortisone shots in the muscle at least once a month to stop the pain and keep the spasms from happening. And when I’m on my legs or I’m standing the entire day, the […]

Desperate Journey Trailer and Full Video

Colorado has become a promised land for desperate parents trying to save their children. In the past year-and-a-half, hundreds of families from across the country have uprooted their lives and moved here for a special kind of medical marijuana. They arrive with children suffering from incurable forms of epilepsy, life-threatening disorders with seizures that not […]

Sharon Kelly: Cannabis Killed My Terminal Stage 4 Lung Cancer

“The ED Doctor came out and motioned for us to come into her office & sit down not saying a word. She opened the conversation with I’m so very sorry…..what?? I’m so very sorry. There appears to be a sizable mass in your left lung – what? What is it? Have you ever smoked? What? […]

Cannabis Natural Antibiotic Properties

Those of us in the Hawaii Cannabis Organization have longed believed that Cannabis will emerge not only as a treatment for symptoms of disease and effective antibiotic but also as preventative medicine. The Federal government reached similar conclusions before they patented THC in 1999. Read U.S. Cannabis patent. The abstract provides valuable insights into the US […]

Sophia’s Story

“We’ve tried everything else that they could possibly come up with to try and stop these seizures,” says Scott Nazzarine, Sophia’s father, “None of it has worked. We need legislation that allows our child to get the medicine she needs. But with or without it, we will continue to give our child what she needs […]

New Video Tells Powerful Story of Young Epilepsy Patient without Safe Access to Medical Marijuana

The Drug Policy Alliance and Learn Liberty have teamed up to tell the emotional story of Sophia Nazzarine, a 7-year-old girl suffering from uncontrolled epilepsy, in a new video.

Between clips of Sophia singing and playing with her parents in her hometown of Cincinnati, the audience is shown saddening footage of Sophia seizing as a newborn, while her parents describe their discovery of Sophia’s epilepsy and their exhaustive struggle to find an effective treatment.

Click here to watch moving video of Sophia’s Story

“We’ve tried everything else that they could possibly come up with to try and stop these seizures,” says Scott Nazzarine, Sophia’s father, “None of it has worked. We need legislation that allows our child to get the medicine she needs. But with or without it, we will continue to give our child what she needs to reduce her dangerous seizures.”

Sophia’s story is complemented by interviews with doctors, explaining her condition and the strong potential for its treatment with marijuana.

“The belief is that it’s the cannabadiol portion of [the marijuana plant] that seems to have less intoxicating effects and more of the anti-seizure effects,” explains Dr. Michael D. Privitera, Professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati.

“There are millions of people, young and old, just like Sophia, suffering from serious illnesses for which their doctors are out of ideas,” said DPA’s Dr. Amanda Reiman in response to the video, “They are out of options in the realm of traditional medical care and they deserve to have every option on the menu, and in 23 states plus Washington DC, they do.”

The video is being released just as legislation has been introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to allow those state programs to exist. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States – CARERS – Act is the first-ever bill in the U.S. Senate to legalize marijuana for medical use and the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress.

The video ends by asking viewers to help create legal access to medical marijuana by supporting the Drug Policy Alliance as Sophia reads with her mother.

“Spending a week with Sophia and her family while filming this documentary was a life-changing experience. Sophia is truly an amazing girl whose story is helping to educate millions of people about why she can’t get the simple medication she needs,” said Tim Hedberg, the producer of the video for Learn Liberty.

The Drug Policy Alliance is the nation’s leading organization promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

Learn Liberty is your resource for exploring the ideas of a free society. They tackle big questions about what makes a society free or prosperous and how we can improve the world we live in. Learn Liberty is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

Scott and Nicole Nazzarine have both made themselves available to any media outlets with further interest in their daughter’s story. Unreleased photos and footage are also available to these outlets for free use.

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Date Published: April 22, 2015
Published by Drug Policy Alliance

Medical Marijuana for Autism

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – The story of an Oregon family who turned to medical marijuana to manage their son’s severe autistic rage. Do you qualify for the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program. Already a Patient? Need a steady supply of medical marijuana from a licensed caregiver? Are you a Doctor? Interested in helping more […]

Medical Marijuana For Children – ADD / ADHD

Uploaded on Aug 9, 2008 When amphetamines are excepted over a plant for treating children, you have to be concerned. The lack of testing by the USA scientific community is not a reason to keep this beneficial ADD/ADHD treatment from the American people and the rest of the world. If children using marijuana as medicine […]

Patient Madeleine Lightle – Marijuana Patient Refugees

Marijuana Refugees: Virginia Family Moves to Colorado to Treat Epileptic Child with Cannabis Oil Published on May 9, 2014 Last year, Dara Lightle and her nine-year-old daughter, Madeleine, became “marijuana refugees” when they moved from Virginia to Colorado. At the time, Madeleine was suffering from hundreds of seizures a day. Her doctors in Virginia recommended […]

Patient Lynn Rubenstein Nicholson’s Story

This is the first in a series of ads being released in Minnesota, which features patients urging Governor Pawlenty not to veto the medical marijuana bill (S.F. 345/H.F. 655). This first ad features medical marijuana patient Lynn Rubenstein Nicholson of Minneapolis, who suffers intractable pain after enduring 10 surgeries following a horrendous back injury. Do […]

Patient Mykayla Comstock Oregon Child with Cancer

Published on Jan 7, 2013 Mykayla Comstock is one of the youngest medical marijuana patients in Oregon. She has cancer. Read the full story Do you qualify for the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program. Already a Patient? Need a steady supply of medical marijuana from a licensed caregiver? Are you a Doctor? Interested in […]

Patients Tell Cops About Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Uploaded on Mar 24, 2011 Two Rhode Island women who use legal medical marijuana talk to LEAP speakers who have just testified on behalf of marijuana reform. Do you qualify for the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program. Already a Patient? Need a steady supply of medical marijuana from a licensed caregiver? Are you a […]

Patient Ronnie Smith’s Story

Ronnie Smith aka “Roland A Duby” has successfully cured over 300 cancer patients with cannabis oil. Listen to him tell his story. Do you qualify for the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program. Already a Patient? Need a steady supply of medical marijuana from a licensed caregiver? Are you a Doctor? Interested in helping more […]

Patient Michael Cutler

Published on Aug 13, 2014 Michael Cutler’s story on how he beat liver cancer with cannabis oil. Michael Cutler, a 63 year old grandfather, was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in 2009 and was only given months to live. In November 2009 a liver transplant was done on Michael. Everything seemed to be okay, but […]

Patient Cheryl Shuman – The Martha Stewart of Marijuana Cured Herself

Medical Marijuana Patient Cheryl Shuman

Meet the Martha Stewart of Marijuana Cheryl Shuman Cured Herself of Cancer Published on Jan 11, 2013 Cheryl Shuman talks about how marijuana saved her life. She was being treated with 27 pharmaceutical drugs and a morphine pump. She described herself as “basically a vegetable”. After 90 days of using alternative treatment with cannabis oils […]

Patient Tommy Chong Is Now 99% Cancer Free

Published on Aug 15, 2012 Tommy Chong change is diet and use cannabis oil to cure is prostate cancer! Tommy just admited on the Joe rogan podcast #237 that he is now 99% cancer free, how awesome is that! Good job Tommy. Tommy Chong announced on June 9, 2012, that he is battling prostate cancer. […]

Patient Annie Noel

Medical Marijuana Patient Testimonial- Annie Noel Do you qualify for the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program. Already a Patient? Need a steady supply of medical marijuana from a licensed caregiver? Are you a Doctor? Interested in helping more patients in need of medical marijuana?

Michael J Fox , Cannabis and Parkinsons

An inside story about Michael J Fox , Cannabis and Parkinsons Do you qualify for the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program. Already a Patient? Need a steady supply of medical marijuana from a licensed caregiver? Are you a Doctor? Interested in helping more patients in need of medical marijuana?

Patient Eric Billings

Uploaded on Apr 14, 2011 Telling the stories one at a time about patients with real medical issues that prescription drugs couldn’t help, and made their conditions worse through dangerous side effects. Do you qualify for the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program. Already a Patient? Need a steady supply of medical marijuana from a […]

Patient Tara’s Story

Medical Cannabis Australia – The Project Published on Mar 26, 2014 The Project (Australia) and Dr Chris Brown stop to take a look into how some strains of marijuana can be so helpful to people of all ages, even children, who suffer from certain ailments – epilepsy for example. While most people think of THC […]

Patient Emily Sander – Lymphoma Cancer Survivor

Emily Sander – Lymphoma Cancer Survivor – Medical Marijuana Treatment Medical Marijuana 411 YouTube Video (http://www.medicalmarijuana411.com) interview with Emily Sander, student and lymphoma cancer survivor talks about how she utilized medical marijuana as a positive part of her treatment. Currently, lymphoma free, Emily talks about the benefits of medical marijuana as part of her treatment […]

Raynaud’s Disease – Maria’s story

Tilray Presents Patient One: Maria’s story. A former RCMP officer, Maria is Tilray’s first patient. After injuring her hand while on duty – she lost 60% of her hand function and suffers from Raynaud’s disease which causes areas of your body to feel numb and cool. We’re thrilled to have her as our first patient […]

Medical Marijuana Laws Debated

The Alternative Pain Management Club is seeking legal, safe access to medicine for medical marijuana patients. [su_youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OchXl-r28-s”]

Hawaii County Medical Marijuana Task Force Hearings on Big Island

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

On September 10th, the State of Hawaii Medical Marijuana Task Force met in Hawaii County. Part One Part Two Supplemental – Must Watch – Featuring Mike Ruggles and other members of the Alternative Pain Management Club. Big Mahalo for this two part series created by Big Island Video News.

Medicinal Marijuana in Japan – 大麻で難病を治す「医療大麻」最前線

大麻で難病を治す「医療大麻」最前線 Published on Apr 25, 2014 この動画の記事URL:http://www.vice.com/jp/read/medical-m… アメリカでは近年、「大麻はアルコールほど危険ではない」と公言したオバマ米大統領を­筆頭に、大麻の社会的受け入れ体制が強まっている。2013年にはコロラド州・ワシン­トン州で嗜好品として合法化され、そのほか多くの州で嗜好/医療目的の大麻規制を許容­する動きが。その一方、ここ日本では今なお「ダメ、絶対!」のスローガンの下、厳罰の­括りにある大麻。

Patient Ray Merriweather

Uploaded on Apr 1, 2011 Visit . for more medical marijuana patient stories. 420 reasons why medical cannabis should be legal. The goal is 420 videos, each telling their story of how medical marijuana was a necessity, how it changed their lives, how it saved them from prescription drugs. Ray, a medical marijuana patent discusses […]

Patient Sylvie’s Story – a case for medical cannabis in Kentucky

Published on Jan 8, 2014 CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil is a form of medical cannabis that is showing promise for treating epilepsy and other chronic conditions. Kentucky’s Senate Bill 43, the Cannabis Compassion Act, sponsored by Senator Perry Clark, is being considered in the 2014 legislative session.