Posted: Aug 28, 2014 6:52 AM EST Updated: Aug 28, 2014 6:52 AM EST
Posted: Aug 28, 2014 6:52 AM EST Updated: Aug 28, 2014 6:52 AM EST
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) –
The City of Salisbury will operate on the following schedule for Labor Day, Monday, September 1:
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) In February we began investigating CBD oils, a strain of medical marijuana shown to have great results with people battling epilepsy. In early July, Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill making the medicine legal in North Carolina. The bill becomes law October 1st.
A month out from that deadline, we’ve discovered possible obstacles in getting CBD oils to kids whose parents desperately want to try it.
“CBD oils is it for us,” says Abby Childers, a Charlotte mom. “My 5-year-old Bethany has brain damage, a form of cerebral palsy and intractable epilepsy. We’ve looked into it – brain surgery is not an option. She’s already on 16 medications. CBD oils are our last hope. I rejoiced when I watched the Governor sign the law.” She sighs. “But now I’m worried.”
The new law states all CBD oils – called “hemp oils” in the legislative wording – must be doled out through pilot studies at four medical facilities. Those four hospitals are: UNC, Duke, Wake Forest and ECU.
“We’re in Charlotte,” Childers said. “It’d be ideal to have a local hospital here involved. We can drive, but what are we supposed to do every time there’s a major seizure or issue? Airlift her to Duke? That could be three times a week.”
Abby also said there’s an issue of supply and demand. So many states have implemented laws to use CBD oils that the few places in Colorado making it – one being “Realm of Caring” which WBTV toured earlier this year – don’t have enough to send everywhere.
Lastly, Childers says there’s the obstacle of ever-evolving laws on how to ship forms of marijuana across state lines.
“It’d be easier if we could just cultivate it here,” she says.
Again, North Carolina law gives the Department of Health and Human Services until October 1st to sort out details. In back and forth emails with DHHS, the state department said it doesn’t yet have specifics and it’d be “premature to comment”.
“Our best update is that the Department is currently in the process of drafting temporary rules,” said DHHS spokesman Kevin Howell. “This is an ongoing process with much more work to be performed.”
That has Childers worried.
“We’re all waiting under their cloud of what they’re going to do,” she said. “Who knows what they’re going to come up with. They could decide to implement a process that blocks out Abby from getting the medicine altogether. I just don’t know.”
NC Representative Pat McElraft from Carteret County who originally wrote and sponsored the CBD oil bill, asks for patience.
“It is coming,” she said. “I know when you have a child who is having all those seizures it is very hard. It is hard to have patience. But it is coming.”
What does she say about the obstacle of shipping forms of marijuana?
“I think that’ll be worked out,” she replied. “I know the Feds have a bill that will open borders and allow transport from state-to-state without DEA interference for CBD oils. I am waiting to see exactly how that will work.”
Separately, McElraft said as discussions carry on about how to get the natural form of the medicine to North Carolina and distributed through pilot studies at the four hospitals, she has been in touch with GW Pharmaceutical. The company has made a pill form of CBD oils, called Epidiolex. It is currently in clinical trials. McElraft says because North Carolina passed its new law, our state will now be included in these trials. McElraft says at least 75 kids will be put on Epidiolex in these trials to see how it works.
“Could be more than 75,” said McElraft. “Depends how many qualify for the trials – the GW Pharmaceutical studies are specific to kids with Dravets or LGS.”
Childers says her daughter Bethany can’t get on the pharmaceutical clinical trials because she doesn’t have one of those two specific illnesses.
“She ‘just’ has epileptic seizures,” Childers said. “The bill signed into law by the Governor includes all people with intractable epilepsy. Bethany is included in our law, but not included in the pharmaceutical clinical trials.”
McElraft says she’s aware of the distinction and planning to continue to meet with both GW Pharmaceuticals and the Department of Health and Human Services in coming weeks. She also wants to address her concern about CBD oils being marketed online. McElraft doesn’t want “faux” versions to be bought – she says she wants North Carolina to do it right and get the more pure versions here from Colorado.
Childers, a mother of two who says her family is the most important thing, says the whole process is hard, but she’s remaining positive.
“It’s trying,” she says. “But I’ll never give up for Bethany. Even if this law doesn’t work for us here in North Carolina and we have to uproot and move to Colorado, I’ll never give up. I know God has a plan for her.”
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Posted: Aug 28, 2014 7:56 AM EST Updated: Aug 28, 2014 7:56 AM EST
-Salisbury, NC (WBTV) – The following story was written by Cameran Richardson for the American Legion website as part of the 96th Annual Convention going on this week in Charlotte. This story deals with an unexpected reunion that took place at the Salisbury Hefner VA Medical Center:
While serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2004, Army Special Forces veteran Roy Wilkins lost his left leg to an improvised explosive device that killed his comrade. He was pulled from the Humvee wreckage, stabilized and transferred to Germany to recover, and he always wondered for the past 10 years who saved his life.
On Aug. 25, Wilkins crossed paths with the retired Army trauma nurse who pulled him from the wreckage — Legionnaire Keith Melick of Leavenworth, Kan.
The encounter happened when Melick, a member of Post 23 and the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission, helped deliver Operation Comfort Warrior donations to veterans at the Salisbury (N.C.) VA Medical Center during the Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. When Melick walked into the gymnasium, he saw Wilkins and the two began talking, sharing military stories. That’s when they both realized their paths had crossed on the battlefield.
“Man, this is amazing,” said Wilkins of Winston-Salem, N.C. “The Lord works in mysterious ways.”
Melick was attached to Wilkins’ Special Forces unit during the mission when his Humvee hit the IED. “I am the medic that pulled him out,” Melick said. “This is awesome to meet him again. Just amazing.”
Wilkins said the last words Melick spoke to him were, “I am not going to leave your side.”
To hear those words again, Melick got chocked up and asked Wilkins if he was a Legionnaire. He is not, and Melick vowed to pay his dues for the next year.
“I take care of you from start to finish,” Melick said to Wilkins.
Posted: Aug 28, 2014 9:39 AM EST Updated: Aug 28, 2014 10:12 AM EST
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) –
A local woman, four months pregnant, was traumatized when a man ran into traffic on Statesville Boulevard Wednesday night, jumped into her car and made her drive away.
“It really shook me up,” the woman told WBTV. “It was hard to sleep last night.”
According to the police report, the incident began when a witness called police to report a fight taking place in the parking lot of the Exxon gas station near Majolica Road on Statesville Boulevard.
The witness described seeing one man down on the ground with another man on top of him, and several other men standing around the two.
The man on the ground was later identified as Brian Nathen Covington, 29, of Westover Avenue in Kannapolis.
After taking several items from the man on the ground, the other men started to walk away while Covington got up and started running into traffic.
Investigators say Covington then spotted a car that had stopped and that had the windows down. Covington ran to the passenger’s side of the car, reached in and unlocked the door, then jumped in the car and told the young woman behind the wheel to drive away.
“I didn’t know what to do,” the woman told WBTV. “He just walked up to my door and got in before I could say anything or do anything.”
While in the car Covington took money from the woman’s pocketbook, according to police. After driving over to Rowan Mill Road and Highway 29, Covington made the woman stop at the Pit Stop gas station where he got out of the car and started walking south.
But the woman told WBTV that before Covington got out, he offered to pay her for the gas she used to drive him around. He gave her $5 then took off. She then realized the $5 bill was part of her money Covington had taken.
“I just wanted him to get out,” the woman added. “I’m four months pregnant, all I could think about was my baby.”
By this time officers had broadcast the information about the incident across the county. Police spotted Covington still walking on 29 and arrested him.
Covington was charged with Larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and felonious restraint. Bond was set at $12,000.
Police also determined that the original disturbance in which Covington was on the ground in the Exxon parking lot came about because the men said Covington had stolen items from them.
The men chased Covington and held him down, taking their items back. Police were also able to recover the money Covington allegedly took from the driver of the car.
The woman told WBTV that the man never showed a weapon, but that he did have something in his hand that was a cause for concern.
“My original thought was to tell him to get out, but I was scared to death,” the woman said. “He had blue jeans wadded up in a big ball and I didn’t know what was inside of them, but he never showed me anything.”
The woman is going to the doctor today just to make sure that everything is alright. She was not injured, but other than being “stressed out.”