"It's really neat for her to be able to see differently... it's like a fog has been lifted."
Justin Koozer is talking about the healing power of medicinal marijuana.
His two-year-old daughter, Piper, was born with Aicardi Syndrome; a rare genetic disorder in which the structure that connects the two sides of the brain is partly or completely missing.
Piper used to have several seizures a day, but with the help of a special strain of marijuana, is able to lead a more normal life. In fact, Justin says without the help of marijuana, she wouldn't have been aware of her baby brother's birth just one week ago.
"Charlotte's Web is a strain of marijuana that contains very little THC, which is the only psychoactive ingredient, so with Charlotte's Web, there is no 'high.'"
The family tried eight other medications before considering medical marijuana. Piper's medicine is liquid, and distributed by dropper.
A bill introduced last week could make Tennessee the 21st state to legalize medicinal marijuana to help patients like Piper. Justin says he hopes legislation will help people understand the very real benefits of the drug.
"Anyone who is opposed, I think, should look at our family. What we've had to go through. We moved 1,300 miles across the country to try an option that was built on just hopes and dreams... but let's be honest. It's working."
The family is unable to visit loved ones in Tennessee because crossing state lines with Piper's medicine could be considered a federal offense.
But even if the Volunteer State does make it legal... the family says they're happy to call Denver home.
By: Kelsey Bagwell