Iowa Family Fights To Get Their Daughter Access To Cannabis Oil

An Everly, Iowa family is braving all odds to get cannabis oil in to the state for their daughter, Shelby.

Although Iowa lawmakers made it legal for families like theirs to have the oil, it's still illegal to cross state lines to bring it here. But the family says they don't feel they're breaking the rules, just bending them a little.

"When your kid is going through that, you don't like to wait four years," Mike Heuck said.

Mike and Tammi Heuck's daughter Shelby was seizing dozens of times every day. They say instead of waiting for Iowa lawmakers to provide a cannabis oil option in state, they found success in Charlotte's Web, a kind of cannabis oil that can be shipped right to their home in Everly.

"You know, you always worry, now we're in to it this far and it's worked this well, that we don't want to be without it," said Tammi and Mike Heuck, an Everly, Iowa family receiving cannabis oil shipments for their daughter, Shelby.

Because they have a card to legally have the cannabis oil in Iowa and they're not crossing state lines to get it, they two say they feel they're within their rights. But still, they worry.

"If we would have to take her off the oil, it would be devastating to her," Mike said.

Using the oil twice a day for just four months, Shelby's parents say they've seen drastic improvements. Shelby is more alert, awake, seizes less and that's just a few of the things they've noticed, the family says.

They say they've not only seen a difference because of the oil, but it's also letting them wean Shelby off of some of her other seizure medications.

"In the amount of meds we've reduced, we have not seen an increase in seizures, it's actually been a reduction," Tammi said.

The couple says they know other families are afraid of the legal implications of having the oil shipped in the mail. But they say because of the changes they've seen in Shelby, it's worth the risk.

"People that are afraid to do it, I mean, we understand but it's worth the try," Mike said.

Tammi calls it 'Hope in a bottle', because that's what it's given their family. And they hope it will stay that way.

"As long as the mailman keeps coming, we'll be happy," Mike said.

Tammi and Mike say while they don't feel like they're doing anything wrong, they're terrified someone will knock on their door one day and take away the cannabis oil that's been a miracle worker for their daughter.

Tammi and Mike say they felt they couldn't keep their success quiet, however, knowing that it may help other families around Iowa and around the country dealing with similar issues.

Shipping Cannabis Oil:

The company shipping the cannabis oil, CW Botanicals says they're sending their oil, called Charlotte's Web, to 48 states.

The CEO, Joel Stanley, says because of the low level of THC in the oil, it qualifies as a hemp product which is legal to ship around the country.

He says the rules on hemp shipments combined with the DEA's negative stance on hemp makes for a sticky shipping situation.

"Because our products are below 0.03 percent THC, we feel comfortable shipping and we're shipping to almost all the states. But the truth is, as long as the DEA holds that position, we always have the fear and our clients always have the fear that the DEA is going to intervene," said Joel Stanley, CW Botanicals CEO.

Stanley says he hopes they'll soon take a look at the medicinal value of the cannabis plant, including the hemp-based oils, at the federal level. One day, he says, he hopes it will be easier for families to get the oil they need, worry-free.


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