A Georgia couple lost custody of their child after they gave their son marijuana to treat his seizures. The state took custody of their child and now the parents are fighting to regain their son.
15-year-old David Brill tested positive for marijuana in April. His mom Suzeanne Brill and stepdad Matthew Brill were charged with reckless conduct and are facing jail time.
The couple argued that they credit smoking marijuana for their son going seizure-free for 71 days. They insist that prior to that David usually suffers from up to 10 seizures a day. The Brills also said David has never gone that long without having a seizure before.
Matthew said they consider it nothing short of a “miracle.”
The problem for the Brills is that medical marijuana is not legal in Georgia unlike in 29 states and Washington D.C. Nine states and D.C. even allow for legal recreational marijuana. Georgia, however, has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country. Physicians are prohibited from prescribing marijuana for medical use. Marijuana is illegal to sell or possess in Georgia.
The law in the said state only allows those with a state-issued medical card to possess low THC oil. But the parents said the only way David could get a medical card would entail a six-year waiting list.
The Brills decided to take matters into their own hands rather than wallow in frustrations of traditional prescription medication. Matthew first “tested” the illegally-purchased marijuana to make sure it was okay before giving it to David.
But now they must face the law. Matthew and Suzeanne Brill were charged with reckless conduct after someone alerted the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. The couple had to stay six days in jail.
David was taken from his parents’ custody on April 20, the same day he had a seizure and had to be rushed to a hospital.
The child now is living in a group home about 60 miles from his parents. Authorities defended that they were only enforcing the law, while the Brills insist they were onlhy trying to help their son.