A Georgia-based 15-year-old boy, David Brill, is finally set to return to his parents after he was removed from his home by local authorities because his parents allowed him to consume medical cannabis.
In April, David’s parents, mother Suzeanna and stepfather Matthew Brill, were arrested for allowing their son to consume cannabis in order to treat his seizures. The couple was charged with reckless conduct.
David suffers from seizures “seven days a week, 24 hours a day” according to his mother. She also described that David was unable to go to school, spend time with friends and was simply unable to live his life. Despite many doctor visits, there was no reliable treatment for his condition. She originally had David try CBD oil (which is legal in Georgia) but eventually moved on to smoking cannabis flower that included both CBD and THC. According to The Inquisitr, neither parents forced David Ray to consume it, but gave him the choice to do so. He decided to consume in that manner, and reportedly went 71 days without a single seizure.
“Even with the ramifications with the law, I don’t care,” said Matthew. “For 71 days he was able to ride a bike, go play, lift weights. We were able to achieve that with David medicated not from Big Pharma, but David medicated with marijuana.”
But it wasn’t until David mentioned his cannabis consumption to his therapist, who reported the family to the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), that David suffered an awful seizure. The entire family was drug tested by police, and instructed to stop. “We complied, and within 14 hours of complying we were rushing our son to the hospital,” Suzeanna told The New York Times. “And it was one of the most horrific seizures I’ve ever seen.”
Fortunately on June 29, three months later after the incident, the ACLU filed an amicus brief which sought to reunited the family. Judge Sam Hillburn ruled that the Brills may have custody of their son, but only under a protective order that lasts 12 months. During that time, the conditions of this agreement require the Brills to contact the DFCS two times a month. David Ray will also be subjected to multiple drug tests during this time.
The case is not yet closed however, as it is set for review six months from now, on Dec. 13. If Judge Hillburn states that the rules were followed, he stated that he would consider removing the protective order and the case would be closed.
Georgia’s medical cannabis program serves an estimated 4,000 patients in the state, but covers only CBD oil. Although the state’s list of qualifying conditions is expanding, it still has a long way to go.