Jan 1, 2014 10:52 PM
As recreational marijuana becomes legal in Colorado, one Lexington family prepares to make the move out west for medical marijuana to help their son.
Just a few days shy of his second birthday, Luke Fields has been through a lot in his short lifetime. He was born with Down Syndrome, heart defects and at just 2 months old started having seizures.
"He probably has 40 to 50 seizures a day now. Before the surgery he was having up to 100 seizures a day," said his mother, Tiffany Fields.
His family has tried everything including 8 to 10 different medications, a change in diet, even brain surgery. Nothing has worked. But with the new year comes new hope that a move to Colorado will help Luke's epilepsy.
"That's basically our last hope so we leave on the 23rd for Colorado to establish residency," said Fields.
Families across the country are uprooting their lives and moving to Colorado where a special strain of marijuana is high in cannabidiol but low in THC, the chemical that gets users high. Some research suggests that ingesting the drug could reduce Luke's seizures.
"I wouldn't feel good as his mother knowing that I didn't exhaust every single option that I had for him," said Fields.
The move will force the family to split up. With five other kids, dad Marc will stay here while mom Tiffany will take Luke out west.
Once Luke starts treatment in Colorado he won't be able to return to Kentucky unless there's a change to Kentucky law.
They're hopeful success for Luke will bring change to the Bluegrass state.
"Say 'hey maybe we need to start looking at this and trying to help people out and make it a little less stressful on people to have to pack up and move to another state,'" said Marc Cooper, Luke's dad.
So far, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana.