Medical Marijuana Refugees: ‘This Was Our Only Hope’

NEW JERSEY :  They’ve come from as far away as Australia and Canada, or as close as Oklahoma.

They are of different backgrounds and ages, but they’ve all moved to Colorado for the same thing: medical marijuana to treat their sick children.

“Jordan had her first seizure at 6 months old. I had never seen a seizure before,” says her mother, Paula Lyles. “We took her to the hospital. The doctors said that would probably be the only one she’d have and sent us home.”

But when Jordan was 18 months old, the seizures began in earnest.

But she didn’t receive a diagnosis until she was nearly 11. It was Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy characterized by uncontrolled, continuous seizures. Jordan was put on a combination of three anti-seizure medications.

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