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Gov. Walker changes name of marijuana byproduct law to "Lydia's Law"

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker has re-named a new state law in honor of a seven-year-old girl who died before she could benefit from it.  

Wednesday, the Republican Walker issued a proclamation in which the approval of a marijuana-based oil for treating childhood seizures is named "Lydia's Law."  

Lydia Schaefer of Burlington died on Mother's Day from her long-time seizure disorders. Her parents took her case public in January, hoping to legalize some kind of help for their young girl.

The new law approves of use of cannabidiol to treat cases in which some kids get dozens of seizures each day.  

After Lydia died, the family's state senator -- Democrat Bob Wirch -- said he would push to have the measure re-named in her honor. The governor did that, and he named April 19th as Lydia Schaeffer Day. That was her birthday.  

Also, her mother planned to start a foundation to help families afford cannabidiol, and meet doctors who are willing to prescribe it. At least some are doing so.  

The Schaefers recently said the demand is so high, they could not obtain the by-product until this fall.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)