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July 7, 2014

Riverside couple hopeful law will help daughter

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Quinn Stumpf's first two years of life have been painful for her and heartbreaking for her family.

She's endured 150-plus doctor visits and eight hospitalizations. Her nights are sleepless, often getting just a couple hours of rest. And she suffers from seizures off and on throughout the day.

"She's in pain, it seems like, all the time," April Stumpf said of her daughter, who has a severe neurological disease and is on a long list of daily medications.

As of July 1, however, the rural Riverside family has a new option they hope will ease Quinn's seizures and pain — a treatment they and other parents have been lobbying for for months at the Statehouse to make legal in Iowa.

Iowa's new medical marijuana law took effect a month after Gov. Terry Branstad, who like many Republican lawmakers had previously been a steadfast opponent of medical marijuana legislation, signed a bill allowing parents to purchase a cannabis oil extract to lessen the effects of their children's seizures.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/1vy1UVv ) Quinn and her parents, April and Chad Stumpf, played a role in the passage of the legislation, a narrowly defined law that marks Iowa's first foray into medicinal marijuana. The family made several visits to Des Moines in recent months, including the parents sitting down with Branstad in his office and Quinn making an appearance on the Senate floor.

"They haven't given us the best prognosis for Quinn, but to know she's helped make a difference in so many lives and touched so many people, for her to have done that at such a young age is something we're really proud of," April Stumpf said. "No matter what happens with her, we know she's made an impact in so many lives."

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