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Nashville Family Moves to Colorado to give Toddler Medical Marijuana Treatment - Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Nicole and Penn Mattison are preparing to give their 22-month-old daughter Millie a form medical marijuana treatment, after moving the family from Nashville to Colorado.

Millie suffers from a form of epilepsy that gives the 22-month-old up to 200 seizures a day, parents say.

Midstate doctors couldn't help her, neither could a specialist in Cincinnati, parents said.

That's why the Mattisons picked up and moved west to Colorado Springs, where they hope the new treatment will help Millie have a normal childhood.

We left our church groups behind, our support groups behind, Penn Mattison said.  We sold a business which is really the only way we made it out here.

Millies treatment is derived from the juice of the marijuana plant that doctors there say could restore her cognitive and social development skills

Our hope is that Millie will walk and talk and have some sense of normalcy in her life, which at this point she has zero, Penn Mattison said.

The Mattisons say they'd like to see medical marijuana legalized in Tennessee so they could someday come back.

     Tennessee House Bill 1385 is trying to do just that.  District 28 senator and veteran physician Joey Hensley says he supports the Mattisons but not the bill.

I can't blame the family for trying to get help for the child but for us to legalize it across the state for a lot of other reasons is I think inappropriate, Hensley said.

The Mattisons say if the treatment can help Millie, it's worth giving it a shot in the home they left behind.

I think the stigma of marijuana is that it's just a stoner drug but I think there's so much more to it than that, Penn Mattison said.

Rep. Sherry Jones (D)-Nashville, sponsored that bill.  HB 1385 has been assigned to a health subcommittee.

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