Parents Want Medical Marijuana Legalized for Son


PANAMA CITY - The battle for legalized medical marijuana in Florida is hitting home for a local couple.

About a year and half ago Chuck and Lisa Red found out their 3 year old son, Jacob had epilepsy.

He suffers several seizures each week.

The Red's have seen dozens of doctors and used a variety of treatments and medications to control Jacob's seizures.

They believe some of the medications do more harm than good.

Jacob continues to seize, each time risking injury or death.

"His next seizure could destroy could destroy who we know as jacob for the rest of his life," Red said.

Through their own research, the Red's say they've found a new strain of medical marijuana, called Charlotte's Web, that's shown promise in other children suffering from seizures.

The patients ingest the oil extracted from the pot.

Right now it's only legal in Colorado.

The Reds are pushing to get the medical marijuana issue on the November ballot, but some state prosecutors believe any legalization will lead to more abuse.

"We know that there will be doctors particularly in south Florida prescribing marijuana to everybody for profit. There are no limits on it. It's only medical marijuana in name. Almost anything could qualify for the use of marijuana," Glenn Hess, State Attorney.

If the medical marijuana amendment makes the November 2014 ballots, it would need 60% of the vote to become law.

If it fails, the Reds say they're willing to uproot their family.

"We may have to make a choice to split up our family and for me to move with Jacob to Colorado to give that opportunity to have that drug," Red said.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed more that 80% of Florida voters support legalized medical marijuana.


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