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Oklahoma: Medical Marijuana Advocate To Receive Humanitarian Award

Jacob Redmond

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For Isaac Caviness, the road to becoming an advocate for medical marijuana began at home, when he began researching ways to help alleviate his wife's debilitating migraines.

The more research he did, the more he became convinced that medical marijuana is a moral issue, and when he talks about it his passion is easy to hear.

"Medical marijuana is a human rights issue," he told KRMG Tuesday. "We have patients that are suffering and dying right here in our own state every day that relief could be brought to by medical marijuana. Cures could be made from medical marijuana to help these people. And the fact that we're denying the cures to these patients is an absolute human rights issue."

Many agree, and to them it seems fitting that in December, Caviness will receive a humanitarian award from the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance.
Caviness, who is behind the Green the Vote petition drive, hopes recognition as a humanitarian will help focus favorable attention on the cause of medical marijuana.

"I think it will help open eyes, because there's this stigma of people thinking that this issue is about stoners just wanting to have legal access to get high, and that's the furthest thing from the truth," Caviness said.
He tells KRMG the tipping point for his acceptance of medical marijuana was its effectiveness in treating a particularly vicious seizure disorder in children.

"What really caught my attention was a little girl named Zoey Johnson, and she has a form of epilepsy called Dravet's Syndrome. With Dravet's Syndrome, these kids have hundreds of seizures a day, and most of them don't live past two or three years old because of the seizures, and then of course because of the medications that they're forced to have to take to try to control these seizures. And the CBD/THC oil, it's a mixture of both of the oils, is what's helping these Dravet babies be able to control their seizures, and taking them from having hundreds a day to maybe less than one a week. We have several of these kids in Oklahoma that have Dravet's Syndrome, and they desperately need this. and they need more than just the CBD oil."

He noted that Governor Fallin signed a bill into law this year that allowed limited trials using CBD oil to treat children with Dravet's Syndrome, but says it hasn't done much to help.

"What they're finding already, and of course we knew before the law was even passed, is that it takes more than just CBD. CBD is the non-psychoactive side of marijuana, where THC is the psychoactive side. So these kids are dying. They're dying, and medical marijuana can give them their life back, and is giving them their life back when they actually pack up and move to Colorado where they have access to it. And it's just wrong that we have to turn our patients into medical marijuana refugees and send them to another state to try to get access to medicine that is non-toxic. It's never taken a life. We have to fight."

The award ceremony will be held 10:00 a.m. to noon on December 10th at the House of Representatives in the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.

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