Lake Station teen with epilepsy hopes cannabis law ‘will help a lot of people’

Drake Abramson is quick to pull out his wallet and show off his new driver’s license.

It’s something the Lake Station teen had been looking forward to. Earlier this month, he graduated from high school, went to prom, his grandfather helped him buy a car and, at 19 years old, was able to manage his epilepsy and get his license before he heads off to the University of Indianapolis in the fall.

Abramson’s hope is that other Hoosiers with epilepsy like him will have similar opportunities thanks to a bill passed last session in the Indiana General Assembly, he said.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1148 into law on April 26, which would allow some epilepsy patients to seek cannabidiol, a cannabis compound, as treatment. Abramson spoke before the Public Health Committee in February about why he felt it should be passed as the bill was drafted and amended.