OKLAHOMA CITY - State leaders in Oklahoma are battling to ban the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
Amy Hilterbran's son Austin has Dravet Syndrome, a catastrophic form of epilepsy that causes him to have up to 15 grand mal seizures a day even while on medication that is available here in Oklahoma.
"Every seizure, he would quit breathing. He would go into respiratory distress," said Hilterbran.
Since Colorado has alternative medicines like medical marijuana that aren`t available here in Oklahoma, Hilterbran decided to leave everything behind to find a plant that could save her son's life.
"We didn't have any hope. There were no prescription pills that they could have given Austin. He's not even a candidate for brain surgery. This was his last hope and it's working tremendously better than we could have ever dreamed," Hilterbran said.
She says she was furious with leaders in Oklahoma for weeding out all options of bringing the medicine to the state and keeping it from people like Austin.
Austin is one and half weeks into the cannabis oil treatment and has gone three days without a seizure.
"Unheard of in our life, unheard of," she said.
"It's helping children with seizures and my state, our home state, wouldn't allow us access. It's beyond infuriating. This is America in 2014 and it's a plant," she said.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued the following statement about the lawsuit:
“Fundamentally, Oklahoma and states surrounding Colorado are being impacted by Colorado’s decision to legalize and promote the commercialization of marijuana which has injured Oklahoma’s ability to enforce our state’s policies against marijuana. Federal law classifies marijuana as an illegal drug. The health and safety risks posed by marijuana, especially to children and teens, are well documented. The illegal products being distributed in Colorado are being trafficked across state lines thereby injuring neighboring states like Oklahoma and Nebraska. As the state’s chief legal officer, the attorney general’s office is taking this step to protect the health and safety of Oklahomans.”