Medical marijuana users struggle to keep up with costs

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Nicole Tesch is a single mother whose 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy just days after being born.

Tesch, a Los Lunas resident, said she’s unable to work due to her daughter’s medical condition and spends a big chunk of her income – from disability benefits and other types of financial aid – on marijuana-derived products for her daughter.

In particular, cannabidiol oil, a non-intoxicating extract more commonly known as CBD oil, has been the only effective medicine in reducing the frequency of the seizures, she said.

Her daughter was previously on seven different pharmaceutical drugs, but is now

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