Ind. family moves to Colo. for daughter’s medical marijuana treatment


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 2:27 PM

(WHAS11) -- Erica and Joe Rollins left Greenville, Ind.  six weeks ago out of desperation. Their daughter Emily, almost 4, suffers from Epilepsy.

“We moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. to seek medical marijuana treatment for our daughter,” Erica said.

At her worst, Emily suffered hundreds of seizures a day. The Rollins tried more than a dozen medications, lost their house and filed for bankruptcy and began running out of options. So, for three weeks now, she has been taking medical marijuana in a state where it’s legal.

“The day before she took the medicine she had 50 visible seizures. The very next day she had seven,” Erica said.

Special growers prepare the oil-like medication for Emily. It is high in CBD, a medicinal component, and very low in THC.

“She doesn’t get high. There's not enough THC in the plant to get you high,” Erica said.

The Rollins admit they were initially against legalizing marijuana, but after seeing its benefits, they are hoping one day they can move home.

“Legalizing marijuana opens the doors for kids like Emily when conventional medication doesn’t work,” Erica said.

“We're very hopeful that one day, if she's not totally seizure free, that she's at least decreased in her seizures and her quality of life is better for it,” Joe said.

The Washington Post originally published this story on April 24, 2013. Click here to watch their report.