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Medical marijuana spreads, but not in Georgia

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By Natalie Fultz     

COLUMBUS - When you think of marijuana, you probably think about people smoking it or rolling it, but when we start talking about medical marijuana, it's not exactly like that.

It's being used to help people who have cancer, glaucoma and now seizures.

Meet 11-year-old Trinity Sumlin. She was diagnosed at two-months-old with seizure disorder which would turn into mitochondrial disease. On a very bad day, she has three to four seizures per hour.

"She's tried over, I would say about, 13 seizure medications. She's had injections. She's been on a special high fat diet and none of it worked," Sheryl Sumlin, Trinity's mom says.

Many Georgian's have loved ones suffering from similar health issues. So, they came together and tried to pass a bill in Georgia's recent legislative session that would legalize an oral, pill form of marijuana.

"We're not talking about people smoking marijuana. We are talking about providing an oil that is derived from the marijuana plant for kids who are in dire need," Senator Josh McKoon says.

The House passed the bill, sending it to the Senate which added on Ava's Law, a bill that would require insurance companies to cover autism treatment, but when it got back to the house, the combined bill was denied

"Unfortunately, it was just something the two sides couldn't come to agreement on," McKoon says.

"The other children didn't get helped and the children with seizures didn't get helped, and so yes that was disappointing to know as a parent, I understand that it's politics, but for us it wasn't politics. It was our life, our child's life, our extended family's life because it affects everyone," Sumlin says.

Now families are left with two choices....stay here and wait in hopes that Georgia will pass it next year or leave the state.


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