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Family Considers Alternative Treatment For Sick Daughter

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You would do anything for your kids right? But what about break the law?

A family in Reinholds, Pennsylvania is tempted to do just that by sneaking medicinal marijuana to their daughter who suffers from epilepsy.

FOX 29's Chris Murphy reports on the family's frustration now that it's legal just across the river in New Jersey.

What's going on behind those eyes? Lorelei Ulrich's parents say it is likely one of the four hundred seizures she suffers a day. When she turned 2 Lorelei was diagnosed with primary generalized epilepsy. Now at age 6 the disease has left Lorelei with the mental capacity of a 4-year-old.

Lorelei's family turned to traditional medicine first, but after nearly 200 hospital visits, three different medications taken twice a day, and tens of thousands of seizures, The Ulrich's are tempted to now take the law into their own hands and give Lorelei medicinal marijuana even if it means driving across the country to get it like other parents they know.

Medical Marijuana is legal in 20 states including New Jersey. In Pennsylvania it is not. A state senate bill to make it legal is sitting in committee but Governor Corbett has threatened a veto.

So the Ulrich's are stuck as their daughter's condition deteriorates.

Jason Ulrich says the drug laws in America make no sense.

"If we're caught medicating our six year old child with a class 1, schedule 1 narcotic, um, that's jail time for me," Jason said. "There's an eye drop that's made of cocaine. Its liquid cocaine and they put it in your eyes so they can remove particles stuck in your lens and no one has a problem with that."

But giving pot to a six year old? The Ulrich's say the medicinal marijuana their daughter would take has no THC, the chemical that makes you high, and would be hidden in her food not smoked.

They're not even positive it will work for their daughter but British researchers have found pure cannabis can alleviate severe epilepsy and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now allowing investigational studies on marijuana as an anti-seizure medication.

No what the findings the Ulrich's say they're tired of being bounced between doctors and politicians.

"I'm going to try to get this treatment for her hell or high water. Until we can definitively say that it doesn't work, I'm going to try to get it because she deserves that chance" Jason said.

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