WICHITA, Kan. A bill pushed by a Wichita area couple with a special needs daughter moves forward in Topeka. House Bill 2244 was introduced into the Kansas legislature to allow people with life-threatening medical conditions to get treatment with CBD oil with a small amount of THC.
In its title, the bill "authorizes the use of cannabidiol treatment preparation to treat certain medical conditions." A hearing for the bill is set for March 12.
Gwen and Scott Hartley are behind the bill, "Claire and Lola's Law," named for their daughters, born five years apart with Microcephaly. With the birth defect, a child is born with a head that is much smaller compared with babies of the same age and sex.
Seventeen-year-old Claire Hartley died in December. Gwen and Scott Hartley say they're now focused on doing what they can to save 12-year-old Lola's life. The girl's dwarfism and seizures put her at a higher risk for sudden death and the family believes treatment with CBD oil could greatly improve her quality of life and even extend her life.
They Hartleys pushed for a hearing on Claire and Lola's law and this week, learned the bill is moving forward. Upon learning a that the bill will get its hearing, Gwen Hartley wrote a post on Facebook, thinking lawmakers, supporters and other families with children they say could benefit from treatment with CBD oil.
"The law is actually an affirmative defense law which would allow us to go to a legal state, purchase the THC CBD oil that would benefit our child, bring it back into Kansas and not get arrested or lose custody of my child," Gwen explained last week.