Move For Medicine

You are the parent or caregiver of a child having seizures. You are exhausted, frustrated, frightened, and looking for alternatives.

You’ve come to the right place.

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Your Child Is Experiencing Seizures

Whether your child is experiencing seizures because of a specific seizure disorder or because of another diagnosis, such as autism, the results are frightening and affect your whole family.

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The Medications Aren't Working

For a large percentage of children with epilepsy, the pharmaceuticals prescribed not only don’t work, but have terrible side effects. The person you used to know is gone.

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Medical Marijuana Is So Confusing

You’ve heard of medical cannabis for seizures, but the information is confusing. You don’t have the time or energy to figure it out yourself. You need to know how medical marijuana can help your child.

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You Want To Try Medical Cannabis

Watching your child suffer while seeing evidence that medical marijuana has helped so many children, you are convinced that you should try this therapy for your child.

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You Are Considering Moving For Access

If you had resources in a whole-plant medical marijuana state, you would pack up your family, leave your home and community, and relocate for safe, legal access to medical marijuana.

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Perhaps We Can Help

Move For Medicine provides help to families of children with seizures, by assisting them in relocating. If you are serious about a move to a whole-plant medical cannabis state, call us or fill out the Contact Us Form below.

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Watch this video about how one parent came to the decision to treat his child with medical cannabis.

One Parent's Story

Qualifying Conditions

  • At this time, Move For Medicine is accepting applications for children with seizure disorders, either as a diagnosis or as a symptom of another condition.

Your Next Steps

  • Complete and submit the Contact Form below or call our Intake Specialist, Linda Crear at 813-451-1818.
  • Once you and Linda decide that Move For Medicine is a good fit for your family's situation, Linda will mail you a HIPPA Release Form and an Honor Agreement stating that you will honor all agreements with Move For Medicine. You'll need to get the two documents notorized and mail them back.
  • When Move For Medicine receives your notorized HIPAA Release Form and Honor Agreement, we will contact you to complete an intake application.
  • If your application is approved by our Board of Directors, we will inform you of all further steps needed to complete your family's move.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact us if we can help you in any way. We are happy to connect you with online resources, help you find a support group, or help you figure out steps you might take before committing to a move.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Qualifications?

In order to apply for assistance from Move For Medicine, your child must have a seizure disorder, either as a diagnosis or as a symptom of a diagnosed condition.

Move For Medicine was created to assist families who are desperate to move for access to medical marijuana for their child. You and your family must be prepared to make a permanent move to your new state in order to access medical cannabis for your child.

You must agree to honor all agreements and to complete all assignments as requested by your Move For Medicine liaison.

Your family must also prove that it is financially able to support your permanent move and maintain your lifestyle in your new state.

How Do I Register My Family for a Move?

Your first step is to contact Linda Crear, our Intake Specialist, at lcrear@moveformedicine.org or at 813-451-1818.

Linda will chat with you for a few minutes so that you and she can mutually decide if Move For Medicine is the right fit. If you decide to proceed, Linda will describe the process and what steps you need to take along the way.

Do I Have To Move To The Trial Location If My Child Improves?

No. Although, you certainly can. Once you have a medical marijuana patient card for your child, you can move anywhere in the state and still access your child’s medical cannabis.

One of the agreements you’ll make in order for Move For Medicine to assist in your move, is that you and your family are ready and willing to move to a state in which you can access safe medical marijuana for your child.

Although cannabis laws are expanding throughout the United States, California has the most effient patient access process. Because getting a medical card is more simple in California than in any other state, it is the one to which we currently send clients.

What If Medical Cannabis Doesn't Work For My Child?

If your child doesn’t respond as well as we all hope, you’ll have the option of moving back home or returning to traditional medical intervention in your new state.

Since cannabis works directly on the brain function that causes seizure activity, it is highly likely that you’ll see at least some relief of seizures in your child. Some children respond to cannabis differently than others, so for one it might completely stop the seizures and, in another may only lessen their quantity, duration, and severity. It is entirely your decision whether or not your child’s response to medical cannabis warrants continuing with whole-plant medical cannabis therapy.

What Expenses Are Covered By Move For Medicine?

Move For Medicine has a budget of $10,000 per family move. You and your Move For Medicine Liasion will decide how the budget will be dispersed. If you want the moving truck paid for by Move For Medicine, there will be another place in the budget that won’t be covered. In other words, you decide what will be covered by Move For Medicine and for what items your family will be responsible.

Will There Be Someone To Guide Us In Our New City?

Yes. We have a liaison who will help you acclimate to your new city, check in on you periodically to make sure all your needs are being met and to help you locate needed services such as the local children’s hospital, schools, grocery stores, etc. The liaison will be available to walk you through each step of your journey.

Does Move For Medicine Assist Children With Other Disorders?

At this time, Move For Medicine is only moving children with epilepsy. It is our fondest hope to open our program to other conditions that are helped by medical marijuana. Keep your eye on this site, or sign up for our newsletter, so that you know when we open our program to other conditions.

Why Shouldn't I Wait for My State's Medical Marijuana Law to Kick In?

Although we are excited that so many states have begun the process of allowing medical marijuana, the laws of high-CBD, low-THC states are severely restrictive and will take years to implement. Studies have shown that many children with epilepsy need a higher dose of THC than is allowed by CBD-only states in order to stop their seizures. The medical marijuana allowed may work for your child. However, for many children with epilepsy, the law is too restrictive and they need access to whole-plant medical cannabis.

Why Whole-Plant Medical Cannabis?

Until 1937 cannabis was available in tinctures, recommended by physicians, and sold in pharmacies without a prescription. It was commonly recommended for nausea, anxiety, pain, and a host of other ailments.

In 1937, prohibition began, along with a campaign to demonize its use. Cannabis was no longer considered medicine and due to its legal standing, any chance of studying cannabis and its medicinal use in the United States was also banned.

In the early 1990s, Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, discovered the human endocannabinoid system, and that cannabis has over 100 cannabinoids that align perfectly with the endocannabinoid system. Since then dozens of studies world-wide have been conducted to discover the medicinal qualities of the cannabinoids found in cannabis.

One such cannabinoid, CBD, was found to have many healing qualities with the added benefit of having no psychoactive effects. Because of this discovery, scientist began to isolate the CBD from the other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.

CBD is certainly powerful medicine. However, continued research, along with anecdotal evidence, points to a synergetic effect, referred to as the “entourage effect,” that is available when using all the cannabinoids contained in the plant. Some patients are helped by CBD, and sometimes CBD works for a time and then loses its effect. That appears to not be the case when all of the cannabinoids in the “whole-plant” are used.