Mom on a marijuana mission after son dies

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- If medical marijuana was legal in Georgia, would 6-year-old Abe Hopkins be alive today? It's a question that haunts Abe's mother.

Mike and Kelli Hopkins were with other parents at the Georgia Capitol lobbying lawmakers to pass a medical marijuana law. Just minutes before the 2014 session ended, the law was foiled by politics.

In July, the Hopkins family had been attending a medical conference in Chicago when Abe had a seizure. His seizures were so bad, they could cause respiratory distress. She believes the seizure he had that day caused him to choke. His father's efforts to revive him failed.

Two of the Hopkins' other three children have special needs. They believe cannabis oil extracted from marijuana plants could help their other daughters, so they plan to return to the capitol and renew their fight for medical marijuana. This time, without Abe.

In neighboring Florida, lawmakers recently legalized a limited number of strains to be medically used in rare situations. A constitutional amendment is on the ballot for November that would expand the use of medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, with polls currently showing overwhelming approval.

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