Photographer captures medical marijuana advocates – Daytona Beach News-Journal
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When Bruno Stillo was a toddler, it was common for him to suffer as many as 500 epileptic seizures a day, a staggering total that his mother often recorded with a clicker counter designed for golfers.
Through all of those episodes, through an emergency visit to the trauma center at Miami Children’s Hospital where the little boy’s vital signs dropped to life-threatening levels, there was one thing that Bruno never lost:
“I can’t believe he had that many seizures and he could still smile,” said his mother, Jacel Delgadillo, who credits the use of medical marijuana for a radical decline in seizures for Bruno, now age 5.
Delgadillo is among the advocates of medical marijuana chronicled in “WEED: The Story of Charlotte’s Tangled Web,” a new series of images by Palm Coast documentary photographer Jennifer Kaczmarek.
As Amendment 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot offers Florida voters a chance to approve a law that would offer broader access to medical marijuana, Kaczmarek’s photos capture little Bruno’s smile, as well as the anxiety, determination and fleeting, hard-earned joys of parents, children and adults battling major health issues in Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Orlando, St. Augustine, Jacksonville and Miami.
All of them have either considered medical marijuana or have already seen improvement from cannabis extracts such as Charlotte’s Web, developed in Colorado in 2011 and available to some patients in Florida since 2014.
That year, state lawmakers passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, making Charlotte’s Web legal for patients with epilepsy, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Florida is among 25 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have some form of law allowing patients to use medical marijuana.
Charlotte’s Web, named for a Colorado girl whose epileptic seizures were reduced by the