4-year-old girl becoming the face of medical marijuana in Ohio

(WCMH) — In a rented home in an upscale, middle class neighborhood in Castle Rock, Colorado, Heather Benton makes it clear that she’s proud that she and her daughter have become the faces of medical marijuana and Issue 3.

I couldn’t be happier,” Heather said, as she settled in to the couch in her family room.

ResponsibleOhio ads, featuring Heather and 4 year old Addyson Benton have been playing around the clock for weeks across Ohio, yet here in the suburb of Denver, Heather can only get a sense from family and friends back home how big her voice has become.

The claim in the ad is clear: Medical Marijuana, which helps stop Addyson’s seizures, isn’t available in Ohio, so the family had to move to Colorado to get it.

Now, Heather readily admits she’s on a mission about the need to reform medical marijuana laws.

Seizures and sedation

Eight months ago, Addyson Benton, who has epilepsy, was battling hundreds of seizures day and night in a suburb of Cincinnati.

“It was bad,” Heather said, adding, “She was waking up every single night at least one time a day, sometimes from naps, with clusters of seizures, which would be one visible seizure every second for thirty minutes.”

YouTube video of Addyson, posted and shared by her family reveal of lethargic child back then, suffering from the debilitating seizures and sedated by the strong prescription medications.

“It was a nightmare,” Addyson’s father Adam said.

Excited, engaged and exuberant

During the television interview at the Benton home, Addyson was constantly on the go, blowing kisses, hugging the camera and constantly interrupting the questions from NBC4’s Duane Pohlman, even pushing and jumping on him.

She was excited, engaged and exuberant.

The difference, Heather confidently notes has been the family’s decision to move to Colorado so Addison can get medical marijuana.

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