Before this week, we had never heard of Dravet’s syndrome. Apparently it’s a hard core form of epilepsy, a neurological disorder that affects roughly 65 million people worldwide.

One that onsets in infancy …

Individuals who suffer from Dravet’s syndrome often have more than 100 seizures each day – including violent fits of shaking that are resistant to the vast majority of anti-epileptic medications.

In the hopes of providing a better quality of life for Dravet’s sufferers, relatives of those afflicted have turned to Cannabidiol – an anti-inflammatory medicinal extract derived from the cannabis plant (a.k.a. the pot plant).

“Some had initial reservations about using cannabis on their children, but were eager to try alternatives to conventional pharmaceuticals,” The Health Cure website notes. “The prospect of less- psychoactive cannabis piqued their interest, especially in light of the anticonvulsant and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.”

Has it worked?

Yes …

“All of the families have reported improvement in their children’s health after using CBD cannabis,” the website reports.

Unfortunately in South Carolina such a remedy is unavailable. That’s because marijuana – medical or otherwise – is illegal (well, unless of course the state is doing the drug-running). One pro-free market politician is working to change that, though.

After conversations with his constituent Harriett Hilton – whose six-year-old granddaughter Mary Louise Swing of Mount Pleasant, S.C. suffers from Dravet’s – S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) has filed a bill that would permit the medical use of cannabis oil.

“None of the drugs prescribed by (Mary Louise’s) doctors at the MUSC Epilepsy Center has provided relief,” Davis explained. “Harriett also told me that Mary Louise’s caregivers at MUSC believe CBD might help, but that the law prevents them from prescribing it to her.   That is morally wrong, and the purpose of my legislation is to jumpstart a process to remove those legal barriers.”

We agree … in fact we believe the criminalization of any recreational drug (especially a naturally occurring one) is morally wrong.

Whether you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational or general medical use, can we all agree that Mary Louise Swing ought to have access to a proven cure for her condition?

Seriously … is this what America’s failed “War on Drugs” has come to? Denying people the medicine they need?

We urge the broader decriminalization of all drugs in South Carolina (and across the country), but in the meantime lawmakers should not stand in the way of our most vulnerable citizens receiving the help they need.