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Medical marijuana brings hope to Beatrice family

By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Landon McElroy is 5-years-old and his parents describe him as a happy and strong kid.

"Probably the toughest kid I've ever met," his father Tim McElroy said.

"He's been through more in his first five years of life than anybody I know," his mother Suzanne Pickering said. Later, he developed Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, which means Landon suffers from several different types of seizures on a regular basis.

"It's a pretty helpless feeling, a lot of times he'll cry and just stare off into space," McElroy said.

Landon's tried numerous medications, diets and surgeries, but no luck. That frustration doesn't compare to the damage the seizures have done to his body.

"He used to be able to say about 20 words and due to the seizures and the affect that it's had on his brain, he is not able to communicate with us," Pickering said.

Landon's parents said they're willing to do anything to help their son, even move to Colorado, which legalized the use of cannabis. They want to try a treatment involving medical marijuana. It's called Charlotte's Web and researchers said this type of marijuana isn't psychoactive, meaning it's high in CBD, a chemical used for medicinal purposes; and it's low in THC, a chemical in pot that gets users high.

Landon's family said many of their friends from support group also made the jump to Colorado, and they're not alone.

"They're seeing incredible results," Pickering said.

According to the Realm of Caring, an organization that pioneered Charlotte's Web, more than 100 families, since 2013, moved to Colorado looking for medicine for their children.

"I truly believe in my heart that this is Landon's miracle," Pickering said.

Doctors said there isn't proof that this treatment will be 100 percent effective.

Landon's family is hoping to move to Colorado Springs as soon as possible, but they're going without jobs lined up and insurance isn't going to cover the treatment.

They do have a fund set up online, to donate go to http://www.gofundme.com/agmitc


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