Any parent will agree there are no limits to what we would do to save our children. Even if that means becoming an outlaw.

Until last year, my 7-year-old daughter Bethany, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, was experiencing more than 100 seizures a day. She had become bedridden, unable to talk or walk. When hospice was called, my husband, Todd, and I knew that we would do anything to try to change the course of our daughter’s life

I discovered Cannabinoids, a form of cannabis oil that has been shown to reduce seizures, and began administering it to my daughter, regardless of the law. At that time, N.C. law allowed Cannabinoids oil – but only to those taking part in a pilot test at four of our state universities. Several weeks into this treatment, when Bethany was once again able to sing “You are my sunshine,” Todd and I knew it was worth it.

Since then, N.C. law has been slightly expanded beyond university pilot studies to exempt any individual with intractable epilepsy from criminal penalties who have the approval of a North Carolina hospital-affiliated neurologist. Technically, according to N.C. law, I’m no longer a criminal.

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