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Highlights from the Hill April 23, 2015

Advocates Speak Up for Epilepsy Community on Capitol Hill

Nearly 200 teens, parents, affiliates, and volunteers gathered in Washington, DC for the Epilepsy Foundation’s annual Public Policy Institute and Teens Speak Up! (PPI/TSU) conference held April 12th through 14th. 

Representatives from 33 states and 36 affiliates participated in a day and a half of learning and advocacy training that culminated with a great, but rainy, Hill day on April 14th. Conference attendees learned about the importance of raising awareness of the challenges of living with epilepsy with elected officials and heard from experts about the Foundation’s policy priorities. Families and affiliates shared their personal stories and spoke up for the epilepsy community through more than 200 Congressional visits. TSU participants also made a year-long commitment to the Year of Service campaign, which calls on them to be advocates for epilepsy in their communities. Interested in participating in the Year of Service? Learn more at

We would like to spotlight Abby, one of the great teens who was at the conference who has been featured in her local paper.  You can read her story at


Reps. Griffith and Blumenauer Introduce Compassionate Access Act to Lift Federal Barriers to Cannabis Research

On Tuesday, April 14th Representatives Morgan Griffith (VA) and Earl Blumenauer (OR) introduced the Compassionate Access Act (H.R. 1774), which would move cannabis out of Schedule I, remove cannabidiol from the Controlled Substances Act, and remove federal barriers to research on cannabis. By rescheduling cannabis this legislation would help protect patients in states with medical cannabis programs and lift many federal barriers that stand in the way of researchers studying the potential benefits of medical cannabis.  Please take a moment to urge your Representative to support H.R. 1774 at


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