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Georgia parents face charges for providing teen marijuana to treat seizures

June 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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A family in Georgia has been ripped apart after police placed a 15-year-old teenager in a group home after getting a tip from his therapist that his parents provided him with marijuana to control his seizures.

David Brill, whose parents Suzeanna and Matthew spent six days behind bars following their arrest, reportedly experiences from near-constant seizures.

The couple contends that the pot kept their son seizure-free for 71 days until Twiggs County sheriff’s deputies came to her home and told them to stop. The parents said they listened, only for Brill’s seizures to come back only hours later.

“Within 14 hours of complying we were rushing our son to the hospital,” Suzeanna Brill told The New York Times in an interview. “It was one of the most horrific seizures I’ve seen.”

In April, Brill was taken by the state Department of Family and Children Services after a juvenile court judge issued an order. He has been separated from his service dog and is only permitted to talk with his parents through phone calls and short visits.

Last month, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal approved a bill that adds PTSD and intractable pain to a list of medical conditions that are suitable to be treated with cannabis oil.

Late-stage cancer patients and those who have seizure disorders are also eligible to take cannabis oil for treatment, but state legislation still prohibits growing, purchasing, or transporting marijuana.

“Marijuana is illegal to possess or use in the state of Georgia,” Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum stated last week. “That includes giving it to children to ingest or smoke.”

However, the Brills maintain that they were doing what any parent would to help their son, and that they would do it again if it meant helping his health.

“Nothing was working,” Suzeanna Brill told 13WMAZ. “I can’t have my kid dying because no one wants to listen.”

The Brills have launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for an attroney and relocate to a state where marijuana is legal.

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