420 Girl – Jessica Newby

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Some forms of marijuana could soon become legal in South Carolina. A bill about to pass the state legislature this week, would allow people with severe chronic illnesses to use the drug. Adults suffering from cancer, glaucoma, PTSD and many other illnesses have reported benefits from using marijuana. But, for a growing number of kids, a form of cannabis has become a pathway to a more normal life. Like most moms, Jessica Newby would do anything for her children. Each child is unique. Like her 6 year old, Giselle. She can run, jump, skip, hop. Her three year old son, is struggling a bit. “He’s three, so they medically tested him, and he’s 2 years and 6 months old. As far as fine motor skills, being able to talk, but his verbal is 1 years old,” says Jessica. It started from birth. When Jes’wa was born, he had difficulty eating, and as moms do, Newby worried. Jes’wa had his first seizure when he was 4 months, at home for over an hour and a half. Jessica says her son’s development has been slowed by Dravet Syndrome, a condition that causes debilitating seizures. She found hope when she heard about a new seizure medication called CBD oil.