Georgia parents have lost custody of their son who suffers from seizures after administering marijuana to treat his disorder. The couple started giving their son the medicine in February. Their child now resides in a group home.
Georgia does allow low-THC oil to be administered for intractable epilepsy with proper certification, but obtaining the card is difficult, WHNT 19 reports. There are still no in-state options to obtain the low-THC oil. Doctors in the state are not permitted to prescribe the oil either.
Suzeanna Brill said, “The only way he could get a medical card would be a six-year waiting list.”
Following national attention being brought to the story, the Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said, “It’s important to say, in my position as sheriff, it doesn’t matter if I agree with the law. The fact is, marijuana is not legal in the state of Georgia.”
The Brills discussed that other medical treatment options and medications did not work. Marijuana was used as a last resort. Marijuana helped their son be seizure-free for 71-days.
Brill said, “We look at our child in a ball in the middle of the floor unable to do anything, but their entire body is convulsing and tensed up and you have to pick your child up, carry them to your vehicle because you live 45 minutes away from help. I hope no parent ever has to do that.”
The Brills have an upcoming court date on June 14. At this time, it will be determined whether their son will be able to return home.