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Upstate family seeks SC medical marijuana legalization for sick child, moves to CO

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Marisa Kiser, with her sons, including Ezra (left) who is using medical marijuana for his seizures in CO. (Courtesy: Steva Kiser) Marisa Kiser, with her sons, including Ezra (left) who is using medical marijuana for his seizures in CO. (Courtesy: Steva Kiser)
Marisa Kiser shows us cannabis oil Ezra uses for seizures. (FOX Carolina) Marisa Kiser shows us cannabis oil Ezra uses for seizures. (FOX Carolina)

Ezra Kiser, 2, started having seizures at 3 days old, and now he, his mother and brother live in Colorado Springs after moving from Boiling Springs for medical marijuana.

Diagnosed with Generalized Intractable Epilepsy shortly after birth, Ezra's condition only worsened. Marisa Kiser, Ezra's mother, said her son would have 300 to 500 seizures a week. Desperate for a treatment, she moved to Colorado after learning medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, would calm her son's seizures.

"He lost all of his development at 3 months old," she said in a Skype interview with FOX Carolina. "His seizures were so severe he could not hold his head up. Four months - he never cried, he was so sedated."

"It's their last resort," said Steva Kiser, Marisa Kiser's mother, who lives in Gaffney. "They've tried everything."

Steva Kiser misses her daughter and grandsons, but she knows why they had to flee to Colorado.

"We are talking about a medication that seriously ill children need right now. This is not a drug of choice for us. This is a drug of last resort."

The marijuana compound Ezra Kiser uses is pressed into oil form, known as CBD or "Charlotte's Web." He also uses Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component in marijuana that causes a "high." His mother said THC, which now is legal in Colorado, forces her to stay there for fear of getting caught with it across state lines.

A bill passed in the South Carolina House and Senate in late March will allow primary voters to voice their opinion on legalization of medical marijuana in an election on June 10. The Kisers said they hope voters will respond to the needs of dozens of children whose families are seeking medical refuge in Colorado.

"We have to have in-state harvesting of medical cannabis," said Steva Kiser. "We need to pass this legislation now."

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