A Nebraska family fights for their son to have the right to use medical marijuana
Will Gillen, a 16-year-old boy from Bellevue, suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome which causes him to have 50 to100 seizures a day.
He is legally blind, non-verbal, and is developmentally two years old which causes him to be completely dependent on his parents, Shelley and Dominick Gillen.
They are fighting to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Nebraska so that they can have another option for their son to help with his disorder.
"We have no belief that it's a magic bullet, first of all, we have tried so many different things that are approved, FDA approved and given to us by our doctors that have not worked we just want the opportunity to try or should or have the opportunity to try it,” Will’s father, Dominick Gillen said.
On Thursday morning, Senators Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld began the movement to get medical marijuana legalized in Nebraska by trying to get the issue on the 2020 ballot.
While the ballot initiative excites the Gillen family they know that their son will still suffer as they wait for the legalization of medical marijuana.
"If it goes two more years that's at least two more years that Will goes having 100 seizures a day. Everybody that is out there that's listing do the math, he's had literally hundreds of thousands of seizures in his short lifetime. Hundreds of thousands of seizures, and who knows when the next one comes and he falls and gets hurt to the point where he doesn't survive that fall,” Dominick Gillen said.
In the 2019 legislative session, there is a bill that was introduced that could legalize medical marijuana, but there is hope to get enough petition signatures to get the issue on the 2020 ballot.