Meet Virginia Senator Sioban Dunnavant M.D.

Dr. Siobhan Dunnavant is a wife and mom who started two successful health care businesses. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she was a nurse for four years, then attended medical school, all while raising her growing family. She went on to become a Board Member of Henrico Doctor’s Hospital and was the Chief Operations Officer for her medical practice. 

Dr. Siobhan Dunnavant is the patron/sponsor of SB795 which will allow Dakota to get the treatment he deserves so that he can come home.  This bill will also benefit many others with various debilitating conditions in need of nonintoxicating cannabis oils for treatment.

SB795: Medical Marijuana, "Let doctors decide", affirmative defense for treatment.

Here is a summary of SB795.  This new bill, sponsored by VA Senator Dunnavant, in laymen's terms allows the treating physician to decide whether the the patient in the phyician's care should use medical marijuana for their condition.  It is an Affirmative Defense bill (basically decriminalization) for medical CBD oil if your doctor recommends you need it for your condition. 

A Message From Mom

About my son

Our son Dakota has severe autism and an intellectual disability. In the 15 years of his life, our son has been pulled out of the public school setting, has received various treatments and has been on multiple medications because of his severe aggression. We were forced to make the unthinkable decision to move him into a residential facility because of safety concerns. More than anything we want him back home but we need to get his aggression under control and have his behavior more manageable. Because of existing evidence supporting the use of cannabis oils with autism, we believe that medical marijauna could be the key to effectively treating Dakota's aggression. In the meantime, with a discharge from his current facility looming, we are struggling to find him an appropriate treatment center that can address his aggression.  We love our baby.  Help us help him please!

                                  -Mary Weaverling, Mom

How to Help


Please contact your legislators directly and voice your support.  If you don't know who your Virginia State Senator and Virginia Delegate are, then please click the link below.  Once there, type in your address and it will show you who the General Assembly members are that serve your geographical area within the state and how to contact them.




Lobbying to help pass SB795 takes time, commitment, and money.  Please continue to help Dakota and others needing this treatent by helping us raise $3,000 to continue our lobbying efforts on behalf of this much needed legislation.  This money will fund travel back and forth to Richmond and fund various different advertising efforts on behalf of this legislation to spread the word, get voters to pressure their legislators, and to convince those legislators to do the right thing by voting yes on this bill in the General Assembly.


Please visit our Facebook page built to assist Dakota in getting the treatment he needs. 

Preclinical Research, Studies, and Articles

Studies on CBD and Autism - Project CBD

A collection of published research articles and other educational resources about CBD and Autism. 

Clinical Studies Test Cannabis As Possible Autism Treatment

Leigh University in Bethlehem, PA, is preparing to study the effects of cannabis as a treatment for children's autism

Marijuana madness | Autism Support Network

According to the Autism Research Institute, some of the symptoms marijuana has improved in children with autism include anxiety, aggression, panic disorder, tantrums and self-injurious behavior. 

Benefits of Marijuana for Autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that develops in infancy or childhood. The disorder is characterized by social interaction and communications impairments, as well as restricted and repetitive behaviors. Studies have shown cannabis is effective at improving behavior and communication abilities by repairing the brain’s ability to send clear signals. 

Israeli Study on CBD and Autism Underway

A clinical trial investigating the efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD) on children and young adults with autism is expected to last through the end of 2018.

USA TODAY | Miracle treatment for children with autism?

One study in Israel is studying the effects of cannabis oil on people with severe autism and early returns show it may work miracles. 

A Conversation with John Fredericks

Listen to a conversation between Bill and John on the John Fredericks Show about Dakota's situation recorded live October 30, 2017. 

(1650AM/92.5FM  in Hampton Roads)