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TX family moving to CO for medical marijuana for toddler

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A Texas family is moving to Colorado in hopes that medical marijuana will help control their young daughter's seizures.

The family isn't alone -- a growing number of people who feel they've exhausted all options for relief from epileptic seizures are moving to Colorado to try it as well.

Hannah, 3, is like every other playful toddler, but in some ways, she's very different.

She suffers from Dravet syndrome, which is a severe form of epilepsy. She was diagnosed at 9 months old.

"She has about 50 to 100 seizures a day," said the girl's mom, Amber Loew. "She's tried about 12 different medications, and none of them have worked, and she's not a candidate for brain surgery."

The family used to live in Waxahachie and now lives near Houston, but they're making the move to Colorado after this weekend.

"She had a seizure yesterday that lasted 25 minutes," said Amber. "She wasn't even breathing. We had to breathe for her at home and call the paramedics."

Not much is known about the efficacy of medical marijuana or long term effects, as research has been limited. Amber says doctors have mixed opinions on their theory.

"Just kind of depending on the doctor we've had some of our doctors that are very supportive some that are you know, they are curious, but they're still leery."

In a statement, the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas said it "supports the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician directed care, including medical marijuana."

Amber says she and her family can't wait years for more research.

"We don't have that kind of time with Hannah," said Amber. "She could pass away at any moment. It is catastrophic."

So the family's moving by faith, where medical marijuana will be part of Hannah's fight.

The family will see a doctor in Colorado next week who will help them complete the application for state approval to receive medical marijuana.

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