Israel: Cannabis OK’d for treatment of epilepsy in children

Israeli children suffering from severe and frequent epileptic seizures and whose medication has proven ineffective will be eligible for medicinal cannabis, the Health Ministry ruled on Wednesday.

Following a campaign by parents of such children, the ministry has decided to reevaluate all appeals for a prescription that were previously dismissed, as epilepsy currently does not appear on the list of diseases for which cannabis is an authorized form of treatment.

The 15 families who had appealed to the ministry threatened to move to Colorado should their requests be denied.

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