Salina family hopes medical marijuana will help son

Published On: May 14 2014 05:50:16 PM CDT   Updated On: May 15 2014 10:14:16 AM CDT
SALINA, Kan. -

The marijuana industry is enticing people from all over the country to visit Colorado, where pot is now legal.

A Kansas family is moving there for the drug, to offer a solution the pharmaceutical world hasn't been able to provide. Charles Hopkins and Khalene Hassler are moving their Salina family 433 miles to Denver to help their 16-month-old son.

Brenden is diagnosed with generalized seizure disorder. His parents said he suffers up to 200 seizures a day.

"He's a fun, happy, loving baby," Hopkins said. "It's just another one of life's struggles I suppose."

The family read about cannabis oil treatment in Colorado. The oil has trace amounts of THC, an ingredient that may help offset Brenden's symptoms.

Cannabis oil works in less than 30 percent of the people who use it. But Hopkins said he prefers slim to none.

The family of six has set up a fund to help with moving costs. Click here to help donate.