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BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -
A parent would do anything to help their child, especially
when it comes to medical care.
That's why a family from Butler County is about to make a
move over a thousand miles from southwestern Ohio, headed for Colorado.
Adam and Heather Benton's daughter, Addyson, is taking several
medications for an epileptic condition. While they're working on weaning
her from a few of them, they're hoping a move to Colorado will be all she needs
for treatment thanks to medical marijuana.
"She has myoclonic epilepsy
which means her seizures are all over her brain. They're very quick,"
said Heather Benton, Addyson's mother.
She has hundreds of them a day,
and to treat them, she's taking several medications.
"She does well on these
medications and then all of a sudden they just stop out of nowhere. You
just start running out of options," said Addyson's father, Adam Benton.
One of them, Depakote, comes with potential risks to a child's liver. When the family first
heard about medical marijuana, it wasn't for them. But, that has since
changed, and plans to move to Colorado, where medical marijuana is legal, is in
"We know several
families. We're very close to several families that are out in Colorado
right now that have begun this treatment and instantly are seeing results,"
Addyson is on a wait list for the
strain of marijuana known as Charlotte's Web, which is high in cannabidiol.
"It's a form of marijuana
that's extracted from the plant, so it's an oil. The kids aren't smoking
it. They're not becoming high," said Heather Benton.
The Benton's don't want to leave
their family and support system, as well as a home built a year ago. But,
it's something they feel they have to do.
"She's not a surgical
candidate, and she's not a Vagus Nerve Stimulator candidate. It gives us
hope," Adam told FOX19.
Addyson's family hopes to move in
October once she gets off of a wait list. Addyson's father established residency in Colorado in December. They've already had two
doctors sign off on their application as part of the process, which is now
If Ohio or Kentucky ends up passing medical marijuana
legislation, the Bentons say they'll move back closer to home.