Legal Cannabis Colorado
COLUMBUS, Ga. – A Columbus family says a form of medical marijuana has stopped the seizures of their 7-year-old daughter after moving to Colorado, where the treatment is legal. Family Has Success With Colorado Medical Marijuana
Ava Wilson suffers from a hard to treat form of epilepsy and before moving to Colorado – she suffered between 300-500 seizures a day. Since Ava and her mother Jill moved to Colorado and started treatment in the form of cannabis oil, Ava’s been seizure-free.
Chet Wilson, Ava’s dad, is still in Georgia because of work — but he just got back from visiting Ava for Thanksgiving and says she’s like an entirely different person.
I love seeing her happy. I love seeing her personality back. Also, I’m just literally blown away by the fact that it worked so well – Chet Wilson
The Wilsons are hoping Georgia can pass a law this year to legalize cannabis oil
At that point Ava and Jill can move back to Georgia. A medical marijuana study committee wrapped up this week in Atlanta. State Rep. Allen Peake, a Macon Republican and the committee’s co-chair, launched the legalization effort during the 2014 General Assembly session. The bill passed in the House, but failed in the final hour of the Senate in 2014.
Peake is drafting a bill that will be presented during the upcoming state legislative session. Peake says the medical marijuana grown in Georgia would be low THC so patients would not get high from it. The medical cannabis oil would be taken in an oral form.
The proposed bill would come with regulations and the patient would have to meet a qualified condition, which includes seizures, cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, Tourette’s syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Chron’s disease and severe and persistent muscle spasms.
Shortly after Peake pre-filed his bill, Democratic state Sen. Curt Thompson filed a bill allowing broader use of medical marijuana and a separate resolution to legalize the drug by amending the state Constitution. However, Peake says he will fight to make sure Georgia does not head toward legalizing recreational marijuana. He says the intent of his bill is directed toward bringing families like the Wilsons home.
Chey Wilson says being 1300 miles away from his wife and daughter is tough and he’s hopeful the bill will pass so he can be reunited and resume their normal family life together.
“It’s been tough but we’re confident that we’re doing the right thing,” said Wilson. “We would do it again and again. We’re doing right by Ava by giving her a chance at life.”
The Wilsons are one of 17 Georgia families living in Colorado so they can have access to medical marijuana.