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Tri-State family now in Colorado pushing for Ohio pot reform after child's treatment

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As the debate heats up over November’s marijuana ballot initiative known as Issue 3, a once-local family is quickly becoming one of the faces of the pro-marijuana movement.

But, to do that, they had to move to Colorado from a brand new home in Liberty Township.

The Benton family moved in March to help their daughter fight a battle for a better life.

Adam and Heather Benton’s daughter Addyson is as happy as a four-year old can be, but she’s fighting something much bigger than she is.

"She did have an EEG that showed over 1,000 seizures in a 24-hour period,” said Heather Benton.

In March 2014, FOX19 NOW introduced you to Addyson.  The family ended up moving earlier this year.

Before they moved, Addyson was being treated with several medications to fight her condition, but was still having seizures all over her brain.  

In the last few months, Addyson’s medication has changed, along with her address.  Her family moved to Colorado for medical marijuana.

"Everything about here is just completely different than Ohio,” Heather said.

That includes Addyson.

Every day she wears a small, transdermal patch for several hours, helping to get her the medical marijuana treatment she needs.

"Her visible seizures have gone from several hundred in a day to - we're consistently under ten, and we've had days of only two,” Heather told FOX19 NOW over Skype on Thursday from the family’s new home in Castle Rock, Colorado.

At four years old, Addyson is speaking now, and getting better at communicating while spending time singing and having fun, and going to school.

"Just to see her development and actually be a kid now, we didn't think we would ever get that.  It was almost instantly.  In a month, we started seeing a huge, huge difference,” said her father, Adam Benton.

The family now stars in an ad pushing for voter approval of a November ballot issue called Issue 3.  If passed by voters, the measure would legalize medical and recreational marijuana. 

"I don't even want to think about where we would have been if it wasn't for cannabis,” Adam said.

The family says they’d like to move back to Ohio, but that hinges on the passage or failure of the ballot initiative in November.

On Thursday, the Ohio State Bar Association formally opposed Issue 3, coming just a day after the Ohio Nurses Association made the same move.

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