Forsyth family who inspired state’s medical marijuana bill comes home
The journey is over for Janea Cox and her daughter Haleigh.
“’We’re finally home,” Janea said. “It’ll be good to be back where we belong.”
This final trip is the start of a new chapter of hope. Especially since the last few pages have been difficult for the Cox family.
“I want to say we’re excited to get back, but it’s hard with everything’s that happened over the last couple of months to be really excited,” Janea said.
They are home, but they have no home to to go to. In July, a house fire destroyed almost all of the Cox’s belongings. Despite the loss, Janea knew what she had to gain once she stepped off the plane.
“It’s good to be able to say we can be a family again,” she said.
This touching reunion between mother, daughter, and granddaughter comes a year and a half after Janea and Haleigh moved to Colorado.
“I’m so excited. I couldn’t sleep last night. I’m glad they’re home,” Susan Munk, Janea’s mother said.
The two moved across the country so Haleigh could use medical marijuana to treat her seizures.
“I remember the plane ride to Colorado..she seized at least 300 times,” Janea said.
Janea says the little girl who is coming home is completely different, thanks to cannabis oil.
“She’s more vocal, she’s got more personality,” Janea said. “We can’t wait for our friends and family to met her finally.”
The Cox family can now continue Haleigh’s treatments in Georgia. Lawmakers passed a bill this year legalizing medical marijuana. But Janea says this is just the beginning.
“This is a great bill to get everybody home and get everybody started, but growing needs to happen so that it’s easier for us to access,” she said.
For now, it is all about the homecoming and being a family again.
“I think that will be our first destination as a family is going to Cheddar’s,” Janea said. “Sitting in our booth and knowing that brings you back home.”
The Cox family will live in a hotel temporarily until they can figure out other arrangements. Janea tells 41NBC she has enough cannabis oil to take care of Haleigh and they are looking into getting it shipped to the Peach State.
The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is meeting again this week to figure out the best way to grow and sell medical marijuana in the state. The commission must make a recommendation to the governor and general assembly by the end of the year.