Congressman approached by marijuana advocates

Dec. 17, 2013 @ 10:53 PM

WILMINGTON — U.S. Rep. Walter Jones says North Carolina officials should consider whether marijuana would help children who suffer controllable seizures.

Jones has been approached by the parents of several children who suffer life-threatening illnesses.

Jones says North Carolina officials should consult with medical professionals to determine the appropriateness of allowing the medical use of marijuana in certain cases.

The Republican congressman says the parents have tried everything else to get relief for their children.

For children, marijuana is taken orally and is not smoked.

One parent advocating the legalization of medicinal marijuana for children in North Carolina is Liz Gorman of Raleigh.

"I don't feel we've gotten as far as we've wanted to" in talks with politicians, Gorman said. But Gorman said she had a good talk with Jones earlier this year.

"He understood the issue we were facing with our kids," Gorman said.

Her daughter suffers from catastrophic epilepsy and has had as many as 300 to 400 seizures a day.