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Parents urge lawmakers to pass medical marijuana

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Janea Cox is desperate.

Her 4-year-old daughter, Haley, on Sunday night stopped breathing for the 56th time this month.

"It's frightening," Cox said.

CBS Atlanta first reported Haley's story last month.

Haley suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a rare and potentially deadly form of epilepsy, and suffers 100 seizures a day.

"We're slowly watching our child die," Cox said.

Cox and several other parents went to the State Capitol on Monday to urge lawmakers to pass bill that would legalize medical marijuana in pill or oil-based form for children who suffer from seizures.

"I just ask them to open their hearts," Cox said.

Cox has talked to parents whose kids suffer similar ailments in Colorado where medical cannabis is legal.

Cox said their conditions have improved dramatically.

"They've seen drastic reductions in seizures after the second dose of medical cannabis," Cox said.

Kason Jiles, 3 months, suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, another rare and debilitating form of epilepsy.

Kason's father, Jonathan, said he was frustrated to see children in Colorado improve while his son suffers.

"Time is of the essence. We don't have time for a five-year study. We don't have time to deal with this issue. It needs to be passed now in Georgia," Jiles said.

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