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"The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies."


Medical Marijuana for the Treatment of Epilepsy Approved

As a result of the tremendous efforts of many people, as well as many wonderful mothers and fathers of children suffering from epilepsy, the Illinois Senate overwhelmingly approved the revised medical marijuana amendment, adding epilepsy to the list of debilitating medical conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed and allowing people under the age of 18 to use medical marijuana for the treatment of seizures on June 2nd.   The approval by the Senate follows the House amendment and approval of the bill, which amendment required the Senate to reconsider the bill.  The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois wants to thank Illinois Senator William Haine, Senator Gary Forby, Senator Dave Luechtefield, Senator James Clayborn Jr., Representative Jerry Costello, Representative Charles Meier, Representative Eddie Lee Jackson, and Representative Jay Hoffman for their votes in favor of this very important legislation for people with seizures.  The next step is the signing of the bill by Governor Quinn.