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Chilean mothers support use of medical marijuana

DESPERATE MEASURES:A group of about 100 parents has been formed to share marijuana-growing techniques for cannabis oil to give children suffering from seizures

AP, SANTIAGO

A strain of marijuana that produces the oil, but not the chemical that creates a mind-altering high has been named in her honor — Charlotte’s Web. Her story also has led other families with seizure-stricken children to travel or move to Colorado to benefit from the drug’s legalization there.

Before starting Javiera on cannabis oil, Bobadilla had struggled to come up with the US$800 a month she needed for Javiera’s medicine and ended up selling her hair salon.

While she can produce the cannabis oil for only about US$100 a month, doing so has come at a great cost: Her brother was arrested in September when, after she ran out of marijuana, he helped her buy 23g from a dealer. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.

“I’m not even scared of going to jail,” Bobadilla said. “What scares me is that they’ll take away the medicine.”

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