Mother makes first purchase at medical marijuana dispensary

Medical marijuana helps Bay Area child

The path to this day has been long.  

Renee Petro walked into a non-descript strip mall in Clearwater to make one of the biggest purchases of her life: Medical marijuana for her son, 14-year-old Branden.

"We've never tried vaping CBD and I hope that this helps," Petro said.

Branden suffers from febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome. He is besiged by seizures. Pharmaceutical drugs haven't helped and according to Petro, she believes they might be causing more harm than good.

"I can't count how many times I've walked into a pharmacy and left with pharmaceutical medication that could potentially take my son's life," Petro said.

The shelves inside Trulieve in Clearwater are spartan. No buds, only boxes line the shelves with vapes, liquids and pills. Current laws don't allow smokeable forms are marijuana.  

It took months for her son to qualify through a doctor to receive the OK to buy the CBD vape. CBD is a compound found in marijuana that has been known to help with pain relief and seizures without the psychoactive effects of THC.

"They need this as medicine. We don't want to limit the quality of life that they have," Petro said.

But Petro doesn't know if this will help Branden.  She just has high hopes it will.


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