“Charlotte was, and will be, the heartbeat of our passion”
The passing of Charlotte Figi, a child epileptic patient whose CBD treatment helped spark a nationwide movement toward marijuana acceptance, sent shock waves around Colorado’s cannabis community.
Charlotte passed away April 7 at the age of thirteen after visiting the hospital over what her family suspects were symptoms of COVID-19. (Charlotte was not tested.) Shortly after, thousands of posts on social media and articles — including one from CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, whose documentary featuring Charlotte’s CBD treatment gained national attention, and also changed Gupta’s position on medical marijuana — expressed grief and gratitude for the Figi family and their story.
Two weeks later, that gratitude has turned into something tangible. Shortly after Charlotte’s death, cannabis advocates called on Governor Jared Polis, a vocal supporter of hemp and medical marijuana, to do something to recognize her impact. In response, Polis has issued an executive order proclaiming April 7 Charlotte Figi Day in Colorado.
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