Article by Allie Beckett, Marijuana.com
When wealthy Americans show a lack support for medical marijuana, just leave it to the Aussie’s to step in and save the day. Today, Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University is celebrating their latest impressive donation — $3 million from an Australian banking magnate to expand their Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research.
This hefty chunk of change comes from Australian philanthropist Barry Lambert, who has experienced the “miraculous” effect of cannabis first-hand by watching his granddaughter achieve previously impossible relief from her seizures by using cannabis oil.
Lambert’s five-year-old granddaughter Katelyn was diagnosed as an infant with Dravett’s Syndrome, a ruthless form of epilepsy that induces merciless and repetitive seizures. Her first few years of life were spent in and out of hospitals where she was heavily dosed with traditional epilepsy drugs.
Finally, at a frustrated breaking point with the lack of improvement in Katelyn’s condition, Katelyn’s father Michael Lambert risked his freedom to obtain cannabis oil from Denmark. The hemp-derived oil had a more drastic effect than the Lamberts could have ever imagined.“It’s been miraculous,” Barry Lambert explained to
“It’s been miraculous,” Barry Lambert explained to philly.com. “Now she’s speaking to some extent and runs around and laughs and enjoys life like any normal 5-year-old.”
Barry Lambert, founder of Count Financial, Australia’s largest network of accounting and financial advisors, said he personally has never ingested cannabis. Lambert was more or less indifferent towards marijuana until he saw the drastic effect it had on his granddaughter’s vicious seizures.