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Rochester family sees results from medical marijuana

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Though some forms of medical marijuana have been legalized in Minnesota, we are waiting to see what the implementation of the law will look like.

A Rochester family is waiting to see if they will be able to live together under one roof and treat their daughter in the state they call home. Back in May we talked to the Rowland's just weeks after they made the decision to split their family between Minnesota and Colorado so 7-year-old Lily could be treated with medical marijuana for her epilepsy.
   
Now the Rowland family tells us the tough decision was more than worth it. They're happy to share a family photo surrounded by medical marijuana plants because mom and dad and 7-year-old Lily are surrounded by something that changed all of their lives.

"The world just opened up for her," said David Rowland, Lily's dad. "Her eyes just opened up."

"She just realized that the world is here and there is so much she can do now that she couldn't do before," Sarah Rowland, Lily's mom, added.

About four months ago, the Rowland's packed up and moved part of their family across the country to treat Lily who was diagnosed with Generalized Intractable Epilepsy as an infant with cannabis oil.

"The biggest difference I've seen in Lily is that she's walking now," said Jason Cranford, the man who grows Lily's strain of Haleigh’s Hope.
"When we arrived she couldn't even walk on her own," Sarah said.

Now, Cranford isn't an uncommon sight in Rowland family photos. In one, the man who runs the Flowering H.O.P.E. Foundation holds Lily in his arms.

"She's running around," he said. "She's able to get on swing sets and swing herself. She can walk without assistance."

Since April, Lily's family said her seizures have dropped from as many as 100 to 200 per day to five or less. And now she's saying new words, signing new signs and counting to 10.

"Now, probably an 80 percent load has been lifted off of my shoulders because I can let her run, she doesn't have to wear her helmet," said Sarah Rowland. "I don't have to worry about her seizing."

While Lily has made leaps in Colorado, there's one place she can't go. "Right now we're here and we can't go home," Sarah said. The Rowland's said one thing about Minnesota's new law. "It's a step in the right direction," Sarah said. But even more will have to change before they can bring Lily home.

Lily's mom said to commemorate her progress, Lily will be running her first 5K next month in Colorado Springs. She'll have a little help from mom, but she'll be raising money for the foundation that gave her the ability to run.

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