This mother says she is willing to go to jail to get the one drug her daughter needs.
Soon, state lawmakers could make it easier for parents to use marijuana to treat kids with epilepsy.
“I have to decide that I will knowingly break federal law,” said Lisa Smith.
Smith’s daughter Haley is attacked by seizures when she goes to sleep. Smith is risking jail time to get cannabis oil across state lines for her daughter.
“It’s not the life I would have chosen,” said Smith. “It’s the life that chose me. I’m a better person because of it.”
Senate Bill 701 passed an impromptu Courts of Justice committee meeting on the senate floor 12-2 on Monday. It would allow pharmaceutical processors to manufacture and provide cannabis oil here in Virginia.
“It’s tiring because you want someone to walk in your shoes, and just understand there is no ulterior motive to this,” said Smith. “We are not looking for recreational legalization in no shape or form. This has proven to help.”
Smith says Haley tried 17 different drugs. She tried implanted medical devices and still suffered from multiple seizures. Smith says it wasn’t until she tried the cannabis oil that she saw a 45 percent decrease in those seizures.
“And just open your mind. Open your eyes. Open your hearts,” said Smith. “If this was your child what would you do? You would do the same thing that all of us are doing.”
No matter the outcome of the Senate vote, Smith says there is no turning back now.
“She is not just existing anymore,” said Smith. “She is living. She is really enjoying her life.”