Family leaving Georgia for medical marijuana

By Natalie Fultz    

COLUMBUS – Sheryl Sumlin is packing her bags- getting ready to move across country to help her daughter. They are one of many families leaving the state after lawmakers failed to legalize medical marijuana.

“I just literally cried because I thought that when I got back I was going to be so happy and celebrate with her and say, ‘You’re going to get this. You’re going to get this. You’re going to get better,’ but I wasn’t able to do that,” Sheryl Sumlin says.

It would not”t cure her daughter’s Mitochondrial Disease, there is no cure, but it would have reduced the amount of seizures she has per day.

“These children will not get high. It has no psychotropic properties. It isn’t going to get them high, just going to help them,” Sumlin says.

“The biggest thing is that cannabis hasn’t killed anybody, but people have died from aspirin, tylenol, oxycodone,” Dr. Uma says.

But still a lot of people aren’t too sure like Carla Lowe, the founder of Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana.

“It’s a hoax- getting people to believe in this. It’s not medical. It’s diminishing our children and the future of our country,” Lowe says.

Senator Josh McKoon says some are saying it could be slippery slope.

“If you open that door to the oil, next year it will be something else, then the next year something else until full blown legalization. Colorado and Wisconsin have had some unique challenges dealing in cash because the banks won’t cooperate with them, so they have massive amounts of money on the premises which causes security issues,” McKoon says.

But do possible risks outweigh improving the quality of life for those in need? For Sheryl, she isn’t waiting on Georgia lawmakers to change their minds.

“It is very hard to move across country, as anybody knows who moves within the state, but to change your whole life, everything you’re used to, to move across country with a child with major medical problems…it’s unnerving. But that’s what we have to try to do so we can have a better life,” Sumlin says,

For the families who are staying here in the peach state, they’ll have to wait until January for their next chance at a better life for their loved ones.

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