Delaware bill connects children to medicinal marijuana [video]

 (Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

Delaware children with debilitating health conditions can now use a form of medical marijuana for treatment.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 90 into law. The piece of legislation also known as “Riley’s Law” is named after 9 year old Rylie Maedler who started to suffer from an alarming medical condition following surgery to remove bone tumors around her face.

“When you see her, she’s beautiful, she’s normal, she’s happy go-lucky,  but she has seizures,” said Rylie’s mother, Janie .

The seizures eventually led Rylie’s mother to do some research on treatments. She discovered the use of cannabis oil could help.  She also found the use of that oil was illegal in Delaware, until today.

The oil will be prescribed to children under 18 years of age and will not contain enough “active ingredient” to get minors high.  Maedler said the bill is right on time for Riley who will meet next week with a Neurologist at A.I. Dupont before she gets a prescription.

Meanwhile, the governor joined by a variety of legislators during the signing including bill sponsor State Sen. Ernie Lopez.

“This is what Delawareans do at their best and this is what it comes down to, helping not just children like Riley but helping future generations of children to make sure Delaware continues to be first in providing the best in medical care for our children across the state,” Sen. Lopez said.

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