Lake Station teen hopeful for what new Indiana law may mean for people with epilepsy

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

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

Abramson hopes other Hoosiers with epilepsy will have similar opportunities, thanks to a bill passed last session in the Indiana General Assembly, he said.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the law April 26, allowing some epilepsy patients to seek cannabidiol, a cannabis compound, as treatment. As the bill was drafted and amended, Abramson spoke before the Public Health Committee in February about why he felt it should be passed.