MARIJUANA MOVE: Iowa Family ‘Stuck In Colorado’

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A former Iowa family left the state for Colorado hoping to find a derivative of medical marijuana that could help their daughter.

Now they say those treatments will keep them from coming back to visit family and friends.

Last month we introduced you to the Selmeski's and the fight their little girl is facing.

Maggie is 17 months old but started having seizures when she was just six weeks old.

Maggie suffers from infantile spasms and has more than 500 seizures a day.

After seeing little results with seizure medication, the family decided to move to Colorado and try medical marijuana.

“Overall Maggie`s very lethargic and somewhat disengaged but since we started the cannabis oil we have seen her waking up and become a little more engaged with things,” says Maggie’s Mom Rachel Selmeski by phone.

Maggie is one of 93 children in Colorado receiving a low dose of an oil based marijuana called Charlotte's Web.

It's low in THC and high in CBD, which means it doesn't produce a 'high' but still has the portion of the plant valued for medicinal use.

“We actually started out low then we`ll gradually work our way up to try and find the best therapeutic dose for her,” says Selmeski.

Selmeski says they would like to be able to visit their friends and family in Iowa but won’t be able to leave Colorado.

“Until laws change Maggie’s stuck in Colorado the minute we cross over state lines we become drug traffickers and then we`re child abusers because it`s in her system so she`s stuck here until laws change,” says Selmeski.

But some in Iowa don't see that happening anytime soon.

“I think making something legal doesn`t make it safe,” says Director of the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy Steve Lukan.

Lukan says the risk is too high to legalize the drug.

“It is a very powerful drug it can be a very addictive drug and I think the states where you have seen this push happen you have unanimously seen to usage with youth go up,” says Lukan.

Selmeski says they would consider a move back to Iowa if the drug was legalized, but until then they're staying put where Maggie's future is already looking brighter.

“Her awake is more awake and her asleep seems like she`s sleeping a lot more soundly so already we`re seeing positive results in the short week and a half that we`ve started her on a very low dose,” says Selmeski.

Selmeski says a lot of the families with children on 'Charlotte's Web' moved to Colorado for access to the drug.

The family expects to start seeing results in 4 to 6 months and has already started weaning Maggie off her current seizure medication.


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