CASTLE ROCK, COLORADO – A Clinton, Minnesota family who moved their daughter to Colorado to gain access to medical marijuana said Thursday is a "great day" after the Minnesota House and Senate announced a medical marijuana compromise bill.
"Eventually this will help bring Greta home. This won't be able to give her anything here in Minnesota until probably next July. Obviously that's a long way away for a mom but we are making huge steps forward, so I am so excited we are at this position," said Maria Botker.
The Botker family said they didn't have the time to wait for legislative roadblocks in Minnesota. Mark Botker and his two oldest daughters live in Clinton on the family farm, while Maria and their youngest daughter Greta packed up a moving truck last fall, and bought a new home south of Denver. They are among hundreds of marijuana refugees, and among several Minnesota families, that have moved to Colorado from all over the country for Charlotte's Web, a special strain of medical marijuana believed to help children with epilepsy.
After six months on the cannabis oil, Maria said Greta's seizures are greatly reduced from up to a dozen a day to only a few each month. She's gone from five seizure medications to only one epilepsy prescription, and is gaining developmental abilities, like feeding herself and showing affection. She recently began giving kisses to her parents, which they haven't seen in four years.
"Today is a great day for our family. But when will we truly celebrate? When she is in our home and able to get the medicine she needs here in Minnesota," said Maria Botker.