TODAY

TODAY   |  March 17, 2014

Desperate families seek pot treatment for kids

NBC’s Miguel Almaguer interviews parents who moved their families to Colorado to get their sick children, some as young as 2, access to marijuana.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>>> all right. according to new nbc " wall street journal " poll, 92% of americans have followed reports about the colorado marijuana laws. none more closely than parents of young children battling medical problems. as miguel almaguer explains, some are packing up and moving to the centennial state .

>> eat your pizza.

>> dinner time for the family and 2-year-old grace, another dose of oil-based medical marijuana . a severe epileptic, meaning she suffers from debilitating seizures, her parents moved, they say, to save their daughter's life.

>> the approved pharmaceuticals wasn't working for her. and unfortunately, kids with her condition are actually passing away from it. it's a matter of life and death .

>> since starting treatment, her parents say her seizures have decreased from 400 to 20 a day. 7-year-old greta just moved down the street here in the suburb of denver. her parents split their time, lives and family between this home and their farm in minnesota.

>> there's nothing we wouldn't do to try to help her. that's why we're here in colorado .

>> diagnosed with epilepsy at 5 months, greta tried different medications and undergone brain surgery. nothing's worked for her parents until now. her seizures have dropped from 15 a day to 3 while using a strain of medical marijuana known as charlotte's web. named for a 7-year-old whose seizures decreased dramatically when using the drug, which is low in thc, the ingredient responsible for feeling high. charlotte's web was created here in this pot farm about two hours outside of denver. its creators say the strain is still under research and development . with more than 300,000 children living with epilepsy in the u.s., the american epilepsy society says stories like grace and greta 's are hopeful yet warn, we must remember these are only anecdotal reports and robust scientific evidence for the use of marijuana is lacking. but for almost 200 families with sick children who are now living in colorado , this option is offering hope despite a lack of research.

>> to see her doing better makes it all worthwhile.

>> for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, colorado .