A Georgia couple who turned to marijuana as a last resort to help their son’s “horrific” seizures has lost custody of the teen and are facing reckless conduct charges from cops who deemed their treatment plan “abusive.”
Suzeanna and Matthew Brill lost custody of son David, 15, in April, and are facing possible fines and jail time in addition to the six days they spent behind bars after their arrest, according to The New York Times.
Suzeanna told WMAZ she and her husband had tried to treat David’s 24/7 seizures with prescription drugs and cannabis oil to no avail, but finally found relief in marijuana, which halted his health woes for 71 days.
“Even with the ramifications with the law, I don’t care,” Matthew, David’s stepfather, told The Times. “For 71 days he was able to ride a bike, go play, lift weights. We were able to achieve that with David medicated not from Big Pharma, but David medicated with marijuana.”
But after Suzeanna told her son’s therapists she’d been giving him drugs, police knocked on her door, and demanded they knock it off after they admitted to the transgression.
The couple obliged — until David’s seizures returned, with a vengeance.
“Within 14 hours of complying we were rushing our son to the hospital. And it was one of the most horrific seizures I’ve ever seen,” she said.
David was taken by the state’s Division of Family and Children Services and placed in a group home, where he has been for the last month, only able to reach his parents through short visitations and phone calls.
Studies have shown that cannabis can help decrease seizures by an average of 54%, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.