DES MOINES, Iowa – Caleb Helland and his parents are thrilled to see Governor Branstad signing the Medical Cannabidiol Act, and they believe his signature will change Caleb’s life.
“Happy, overwhelmed, excited that this is happening,” said Cassie Helland.
This means those like Caleb who are suffering from intractable epilepsy, can now find some relief from their seizures, by using cannabis oil. Cassie and her husband never thought this day would come.
“It just seemed like it took forever. I was like oh my god when is this going to happen. Two months ago, it didn’t seem like it was going to but now if has so its so exciting news for a lot of families,” said Cassie.
And Governor Branstad is happy to support something that can offer families in the state, some relief.
“Obviously we had empathy for the families and the problems they are going through this is intractable epilepsy and they really felt that this is something that would help their children,” said Branstad.
But it isn’t just about a historical law going into effect. The Governor and others want people to realize there’s an even bigger message with the new law. That we, the people can make a change.
“And truly shows the power of people talking to their legislators and to their governor about important issues to them, to their families, and to their children,” said Branstad.
“Get the word out there. Educate people, educating is like a huge thing that I’ve learned,” said Cassie.
Cassie says they will be talking to Caleb’s neurologist next month on where and how to get the oil.
This law will go into effect on July first.