A new Colorado-specific holiday will take place for the first time on April 7th, 2021 to remember a teenage girl that helped legitimize medical marijuana in our state.

The girl, Charlotte Figi, suffered from seizures all of her life due to a condition called Dravet Syndrome which triggers epilepsy and because of this, her parents spent a good amount of time scrambling to find a way to treat the horrific disease.

It wasn't until they landed in Colorado Springs and Charlotte was treated with cannabidiol, better known as CBD that the young girl was finally able to live without the torture of constant seizures. In fact, before being treated with CBD, Charlotte had a bout of several months when she was five years old where she was in such bad shape that she was unable to even speak.

Medical marijuana became legalized in Colorado back in 2000, but it was not recommended for children. However, Dr. Alan Shackelford took a chance and began treating Charlotte, his first epileptic and first child patient, and in doing so his young patient was changed overnight.

Unfortunately, Charlotte passed away at the age of 13 on April 7th, 2020, likely due to COVID-19 related complications after she and her entire family contracted the virus.

Charlotte Figi's life and legacy will be celebrated in Colorado on that date with the inaugural celebration featuring live music from The Avett Brothers, Ruthie Foster, and more. Because of the pandemic, these will be virtual performances that will take place at 6 p.m. at rocktheroc.org.

[Canon City Daily Record]

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