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Girl at center of marijuana-oil pill law dies

RACINE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A seven-year-old Racine County girl has died, after her family had pushed for the new state law which allows the use of a marijuana-based oil to treat seizures.

Lydia Schaeffer died Sunday at her home in Burlington, before she could benefit from the new treatment. Her mother Sally went to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in January to try and build support for a bill to legalize medical marijuana -- which has gone nowhere for years under the control of both parties in Madison. Once she realized that, columnist Jim Stingl said the Schaeffer family focused its lobbying efforts on legalizing cannabidiol -- and lawmakers approved it after being convinced that it only has a small amount of the main intoxicating ingredient in pot. Stingl said the demand for cannabidiol is so high that the Schaeffers could not get their hands on it until this fall. Sally said that Senator Bob Wirch's office called her this week, and said he would try to re-name the measure as "Lydia's Law." Schaeffer also said she planned to create a foundation to help families afford the cost of cannabidiol, and meet doctors willing to prescribe it.