“I don’t know what someone’s objection would be, looking at my son have a seizure and say I don’t want to give him medicine to help him,” Joe Wertman told WKBW-TV.
The Wertman family is planning to move to Arizona next month as a last resort to treat their 9-month-old son, Joey, who suffers from severe seizures. Medical marijuana is illegal in New York. In order to relieve their son of the suffering, the Wertmans are preparing to move to Arizona, where the law is different.
Last year, a 5-year-old child, who suffered weekly seizures, made headlines when his parents revealed they were preparing to treat him with medicinal marijuana. Dr. Steven Wolf, director of Pediatric Epilepsy at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, says that cannabidiol oil (CBD), a chemical found in marijuana, as a treatment for ailments needs investigation and that parents should be cautious of treating their children until further results are clear.
Although the therapeutic herb is illegal in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an initiative to allow a limited number of hospitals to dispense marijuana for certain ailments, ABC reports.