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Family With Epileptic Child Moves To Colorado For Medical Marijuana Treatment

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The first months of life haven't been easy for Jaqie Warrior, but now her family is hoping that Colorado's marijuana laws can help save her life.

"She has severe intractable epilepsy and has anywhere from 75-100 seizures per day," said mother Brittany Hardy.

They've gotten so bad that sometimes she stops breathing.

"Jaqie means everything to me, and I just want her to get better," said Hardy.

She also says that they've tried dozens of epilepsy drugs but none work.

"There's not another medication made by a pharmaceutical company that we can try," she said.

That's why the whole family packed up and moved across the country to Colorado where Jaqie can try doses of medical marijuana oil called CBD.

"We think CBD acts to stabilize neurological function," said Dr. Alan Shackelford.

Dr. Shackelford sees a lot of patients like Jaqie.

He says for many of them their seizures have gone away completely.

It's that hope that inspired this family to abandon their lives back in Oklahoma.

"It's really stressful and overwhelming, but we have to do it for Jaqie," said Hardy.

However, there's no guarantee the medical marijuana will work either.

"We don't really understand it very well because we have not been able to do basic research on cannabis," said Dr. Shackelford.

"If it doesn't work then I don't know. I don't know what I would do if it didn't work," Hardy said.

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