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Family heading off-island to where medical marijuana is legal

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - As the issue surrounding medicinal marijuana heads to the Supreme Court, a local family is hoping the issue is resolved to help.

"Our life has been like a baseball game we never left home plate to get first base," said John and Judy Terlaje.

But for Judy and John Terlaje they're hoping medical marijuana will be the hit they need. Their son Dylan has been battling the game of his life for the past eight years.  "His first seizure that he had he was only three months old at first they said it was seizure. Infants can get this a few times in their lives so we thought it was okay and wont happen again and then one day he had a seizure and he didn't have a fever and he was diagnosed with epilepsy," said Judy.

For almost a decade the Terlaje's have spent over $10,000 in medical bills, Dylan has tried eleven different seizure medicines. He gets blood work done every three months. Currently he takes four anti-seizure meds in the morning and another four at night.  It was in October last year the Terlajes saw a special on CCN regarding medical marijuana. Judi will now leave for Colorado where medical and recreational use of marijuana is legal.

"On June 16th I am taking my son and my daughter to Colorado so we can get the help that we need. I pray this will works for Dylan. This is my son and we will do what it takes so he can have a better life - if the treatment works Dylan will be stuck in Colordao  because we are not allow the medical marijuana out of state - eventually I will have to quit my job and relocate," she said.

That's why the Terlajes are hoping for a home run and that local law related to medical marijuana will actually be implemented. As we reported there's been a delay of game-as the entire matter heads to the Supreme Court of Guam. "It been eight long years. All we want is for a better life for our son we are leaving and  we really hope we can come back to Guam the only place we can call home," she said.

The Terlaje's were among those who attended and spoke at a forum on medical marijuana over the weekend at the University of Guam. It is the second in a series of forums hosted by the University of Guam's School of Business and Public Administration.  Among those who spoke at the conference included representatives from the local and federal judiciary, GovGuam, as well as Senators Aline Yamashita and Tina Muna Barnes - the authors of public law allowing voters to decide whether medical marijuana should be legalized in Guam. KUAM taped the forum and will be broadcasting it on a later date.
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