Marijuana has been medically proven to mitigate and even completely eliminate seizures in individuals. Now, however, two parents who claim they gave their 15-year-old son marijuana to help control his seizures are fighting the state to regain custody of their son after someone alerted Child Protective Services.
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Suzeanna and Matthew Brill, two parents who are fighting the state of Georgia to regain custody of their son David, claimed their son was having up to 10 seizures a day.
The Brills were tired of seeing their son in pain. Unfortunately for them, Georgia has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country, according to CBS News.
“The only way he could get a medical card would be a six-year waiting list,” Suzeanna said. Left with no other option, the couple decided to purchase marijuana off the street.
Matthew explained that he would first smoke the illegal product to make sure it was safe for his son. The Brills say that during the 71 days that David smoke marijuana, he had no seizures.
On April 20, David was removed from his home and taken to a group home 60 miles away after someone alerted the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.
According to the New York Times, the couple was then hauled off to jail and spent the next six days there. They were charged with reckless conduct, which could result in serious jail time, according to criminal defense attorney Rachel Kugel.
“They’re facing real criminal charges,” Kugel explained. “I think even if they beat the criminal case… They still are definitely in hot water with regard to Child Protective Services.”
The Twiggs County Sheriff Department defended the arrest by stating, “It’s our duty to enforce state law.” The Brills understand that it was illegal to allow their son to smoke marijuana but asked how it can be illegal if it helps their son.
“When I talked to him tonight… the 10-minute phone call I was allowed to have with him, he is on the verge of going into a seizure,” Suzeanna said.
The couple doesn’t see themselves as criminals. “Had it not been for me and my husband, my son would probably have been long dead.”