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Family urges lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

For Haley Cox, any day could be her last. 

"My child is in this hospital, fighting for her life," said Haley's mother, Janea Cox.

The 4-year-old girl suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a rare and potentially deadly form of epilepsy.

"She has 100 seizures a day on average. If she has a really bad day, it's 300-plus seizures a day," Cox said.

Haley's medications can have harmful side effects.

"Brain shrinkage, liver damage, blindness, they shut down your child so much they can't function," Cox said.

That is why Cox is willing to try anything to keep her daughter alive and healthy, including medical marijuana.

"It could improve her quality of life enormously."

The problem is it isn't legal in Georgia.

Advocates for medical marijuana rallied at the State Capitol Tuesday to try to persuade lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana.

State Rep. Allen Peake, (R) Macon, is looking at a measure that would legalize marijuana in oil-based or pill form, only for people suffering from seizures and not for people who want to use it recreationally.

"It'll be very restricted, very well regulated, managed by a doctor and only in an oil-based or pill form," Peake said.

Haley's family urged lawmakers to act soon.

"We don't think Haley will make it much longer without medical marijuana," Cox said.

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