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Dubuque mom has medical cannabis oil card, still can't treat son

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Jennifer McFadden recently obtained a card to treat her son with cannabidiol, a type of hemp oil that is known as a dietary supplement.

But Liam, her 12-year-old, lives full-time at a care facility, and she can't administer the oil there -- even though it's legal for her to have and administer it.

So she takes him off site twice a day to give him a treatment she hopes helps enough to take him off other drugs.

"As a mom, you do what you need to do," she said. "My greater concerns is that for Liam, that he, every time I take him out to the parking lot, and we approach the car, he thinks he gets to go for a car ride or an outing, and so it's challenging to redirect him back."

Liam has a severe from of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome, is autistic, has ADHD, is non-verbal and has some motor skills issues.

She hopes the oil will help control those symptoms and make his quality of life much better.

"It's something that helps our kids with their seizure control. No side effects. Liam has been on numerous drugs that have worse side effects than this oil does," she said.

She's working to reach out to state and federal lawmakers, hoping to change the law so her so can receive the oil without having to leave the facility twice a day.

She's doing all this to give back to her son, who she says has given so much.

"He is a light, he is a joy, and he really makes me look at life and not take a single thing for granted," she said. "The things that he has to go through and the joy that he still exudes is a blessing to everybody."

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