ATLANTA (CBS46) –
Janea Cox wiped tears of joy from her eyes after state lawmakers finally said yes to a bill that will reunite her family and possibly save her daughter’s life.
“Kind of on cloud nine right now,” said Cox, who last year moved across the country with her daughter, Haleigh, as lawmakers haggled over and eventually fumbled a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.
Haleigh lives with a potentially deadly form of epilepsy.
“She had 200 plus seizures a day. We were told Haleigh wasn’t going to live much longer,” Cox said.
They had no choice but to move to Colorado where medical marijuana is legal. The treatments worked.
“We had 28-29 seizure-free days in Colorado,” Cox said.
To save her daughter’s life, Janea had to make a huge sacrifice.
“We left our family, we left our friends, we left my husband,” Cox said. Her husband, Brian, couldn’t afford to leave his job in Georgia.
“It’s kind of heart breaking because my husband has missed out on a lot of his child’s life,” Cox said.
Lawmakers on Wednesday sent a bill, named after Haleigh, that would let parents like cox bring medical marijuana into Georgia but only for certain illnesses like the seizures that used plague Haleigh. Janea Haleigh and Brian can be a family once again.
“We will be able to come back home,” Cox said.
There’s one big catch though. You still wouldn’t be able to buy it here in Georgia. That means parents like Janea and Brian would have to get the drug shipped from out of state suppliers.
If they crossed state lines to buy it themselves they’d run the risk of breaking federal law.
State Rep. Allen Peake said two out-of-state suppliers have lined up so parents won’t have to put themselves at risk.
Janea Cox said nothing will stop her from saving Haleigh. “If that meant I had to be arrested I would be arrested because Haleigh’s life is more important to me than mine. We’ll do our best to do it and if we get caught then that’s our choice and our option. You know this is going to save your child, so you have to keep it in the back of your mind and not think about it.”
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