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.

Welcome.

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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 at least try marijuana for your child.

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You Are Considering Moving For Access

If you knew for certain that medical marijuana would stop, or at least lessen the severity and duration of your child’s seizures, you would pack up your family, leave your home and community, and relocate for safe, legal access to medical marijuana.

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A Trial Would Help You Make The Determination

If a three-week trial using cannabis under medical supervision for your child’s seizures would help you determine whether or not relocating is right for your family, Move For Medicine can help.

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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 epilepsy, either as a diagnosis or as a symptom of another condition.

Your Next Steps

  • Complete and submit our simple online Family Information Form.
  • Complete and submit a HIPPA Release Form
  • Gather your child's medical history records, including diagnosis, prognosis, and a list of current medications.
  • A Move For Medicine representative will call you within 24 hours to get acquainted and complete our intake process.

Contact Us

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Our Family Information Form will be available soon. In the meantime, please contact us. We will respond within 12 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Qualifications?

In order to apply for assistance from Move For Medicine, your child must have a diagnosis of epilepsy, and be receiving treatment. Your physician must provide you with a written medical release for travel.

Move For Medicine was created to assist families who are desperate to move for access to medical marijuana for their child. We are about helping you make a final decision. This is the last step in your decision to uproot your family in order to save your child.

The purpose of the three-week trial is to assure yourself that medical cannabis will work for your child’s epilepsy before committing to a move. Therefore, your family must be committed to moving to a whole-plant medical marijuana state of your choice at the end of a successful trial.

Your family must also be 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 register for our sign-up list below. Be sure and include a message stating that you are interested in a temporary move. Or you can call 817-988-1193 and speak to Dena about registering.

Upon receipt of your sign-up form, a representative will call you, explain the program, and complete your intake form, after which you and your family will be notified when an apartment is ready for you and your child.

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

No. Although, you certainly can. However, you will need to vacate the Move For Medicine apartment at the end of your three-week trial.

One of the agreements you’ll make in order for Move For Medicine to fund your three-week trial, 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.

There are currently twenty-five states with whole-plant medical marijuana laws, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Washington D.C.

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

If your child doesn’t respond as well as we all hope, we will move you and your child back home, where you can continue to seek traditional therapies.

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 moving your family to a whole-plant medical cannabis state.

What Expenses Are Covered By Move For Medicine?

Move For Medicine will cover the round trip airfare for the child and one caregiver. We will provide transportation from the airport to our apartment located in the bay area, California. The apartment is free, along with utilities. Move For Medicine will provide budgeted amounts for groceries, transportation to and from doctor’s offices, transportation to and from dispensaries. We also cover the cost of the initial doctor visit and the initial dispensary visit.

Will There Be Someone To Guide Us In The Trial City?

Yes. We have a liaison in the trial city who will check in on you periodically to make sure all your needs are being met, and to provide transportation to the grocery store, doctor’s office, dispensary, etc. The liaison will be available to walk you through each step of your journey.

If Medical Cannabis Works For My Child, Can We Stay?

Unfortunately, no. Move For Medicine is dedicated to helping as many children with epilepsy as possible. Our apartments are used several times a year for three-week trials. At the end of your trial, you will need to vacate Move For Medicine’s apartment.

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.

What Happens At The End Of The Three-Week Trial?

At the end of a successful three-week trial, you and your healthcare provider will determine if you continue medical marijuana therapies for your child.

In either case, Move For Medicine will move you back home, so that you can make the decision to stay and continue with traditional treatment, or to move to the whole-plant medical marijuana state of your choice.

After you are settled, Move For Medicine will continue to support you. We will connect your family with the services you’ll need to successfully transition. We will be available for your questions and concerns.

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.