(Memphis) Lawmakers in Nashville are talking about legalizing marijuana for medical use.
One family with ties to the MidSouth is trying to help by taking away the stigma attached to legalizing the drug.
Millie Mattison is 2-years-old today and she’s been a fighter since the day she was born.
She has constant seizures up to 300 a day.
She is now one of the faces of medical cannabis, and part of the campaign to legalize marijuana for medical use in Tennessee.
Her father, Penn, testified in a hearing yesterday in Nashville.
“I do not believe our daughter was beyond help. I do believe that she and a multitude of others have hope with medical cannabis,” said Penn Mattison.
The Mattisons moved from Tennessee to Colorado so Millie can be treated using medical marijuana. Since the family’s move in January, they’ve already noticed a big difference.
“Now, she is able to see me and I’ll move to one side of her peripheral vision and she’ll follow me and that along is just the greatest feeling in the world,” said Nicole Mattison, in a telephone interview.
But those moments can only be shared with Millie’s extended family in Memphis and West Memphis if they travel to Colorado.
They can’t bring Millie back home to Tennessee.
“We can’t leave the state. we can come to Tennessee. We’d have to leave Millie’s medication behind which that could be very dangerous. Taking a medication that a child is on and just stopping it all of a sudden,” said Nicole Mattison.
The Mattison’s have hope Millie’s story will change minds in Nashville of those who doubt the promise of medical marijuana and for those who can’t get past the stigma attached to a drug that’s still illegal.
Penn Mattison was joined by eight others who also testified about the benefits of medical marijuana.
Lawmakers could decide as early as this session to make the drug legal but it would be for medical use only.