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Epilepsy Foundation endorses Amendment 2 for patients to access medical marijuana


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – On Wednesday, the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas endorsed New Approach Missouri, indicating support among some advocates in the healthcare community that Amendment 2 is the best way forward for patients and providers who want medical marijuana as a treatment option.

“As an organization that dedicates itself to bettering the lives of those living with epilepsy, advocating for expanded treatment options is very important to us. We believe that if Amendment 2 passes, Missourians who currently live with epilepsy as well as other debilitating ailments will have an additional tool to control their seizures,” said Darla Templeton, Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas is a not-for-profit focused on improving the lives of those living with the disease by accelerating therapies to stop seizures and finding cures. Epilepsy is a chronic and crippling neurological disease affecting 3.4 million Americans. Nearly 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed at some point in their life.

“While 30 other states allow patients suffering from epilepsy and other debilitating diseases to work with their doctors to determine their best medical treatment option, Missouri continues to lag behind,” said Jack Cardetti, spokesman for Amendment 2. “We are thrilled that the Epilepsy Foundation has endorsed Amendment 2 so that patients get the compassionate care they need.”

New Approach Missouri is a coalition of medical professionals, patients and veterans working to pass Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in Missouri for patients with serious illness or medical conditions. To learn more about New Approach Missouri, Missourians can visit