Ana Watson gives her son Preston Raynor cannabidiol oil in the recovery room at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora on Sept. 15, 2014. The family came to Colorado seeking treatment for Preston's seizures. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)

Colorado Springs hospital OKs use of cannabis oils for some patients

COLORADO SPRINGS — Parents of children currently using cannabis-based oils to treat seizures can administer the oils at Memorial Hospital under a newly approved policy announced Tuesday.

Under the policy, parents must administer the oils themselves and sign a release before doing so, according to Dan Weaver, a spokesman for University of Colorado Health, which leases Memorial Hospital.

The issue arose after Memorial Hospital took over all pediatric operations from Children’s Hospital Colorado on June 4 in the wake of a wide-ranging state and federal investigation into the two hospital systems.

Children’s Hospital often had allowed parents to administer the oils in its ward at Memorial Hospital Central, although “patients need to be really sick,” such as with terminal, chronic or debilitating diseases, and doctors could prohibit the oils at any time, a Children’s Hospital spokeswoman said.

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