A Judge Legalizes Marijuana In Mexico For An 8-Year-Old Girl

A judge in Mexico has legalized the use of medical marijuana for an ailing 8-year-old girl. Third District Judge for Administrative Matters Martin Santos allowed the family of Graciela Elizalde Benavides to use cannabidiol, a substance banned by the General Law of Health of Mexico. According to El Nuevo Diario, The medicine will strictly be used to help her cope with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a disease that causes around 400 daily episodes of seizure, even while you sleep.

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“It’s a breakthrough in our country because marijuana has been a complicated topic in our country,” the family’s lawyer Fabián Aguinaco said.

The medication is Benavides’ last resort after pursuing other drastic options such as split-brain surgery. Since the operation didn’t treat the disease, Aguinaco insists that if the government ruled against the medicine the young girl needs, they would be “violating various human rights” by allowing her to live in agony.

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Even though the government will try to appeal, the decision is a win for the family and marijuana supporters across Mexico. In December 2014, Jalisco was pushing to become the first Mexican state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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