LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - A Leesburg mother is one of many who closely watched Georgia's House Bill 1 make its way to the Governor, who signed it into law Thursday.
She had been hoping to get cannabis oil for her son. Now the next hurdle is how.
Traci Henry hopes the seven pills that her 12-year-old son Chance takes can eventually be eliminated now that cannabis oil is legal in Georgia.
"In a year from now, I'm hoping he's on none of those drugs," she said.
The cocktail of medication Chance takes helps prevent seizures, that he began having when he was just 6 weeks old.
At age 4, Chance was diagnosed with Severe Developmental Delay, Brain Damage and Cerebral Palsy.
But now, Henry has already begun weening Chance off some of the medication, in anticipation of getting cannabis oil.
"We weened him off one, and then a second one we've reduced the dosage in half. So we as parents took the steps months ago preparing for today," said Henry.
While the new law marks a big milestone for Henry and many other families around Georgia, she knows the fight isn't over.
"There's still hurdles that we have to overcome. And that's how we're going to get it," Henry said. "Those details will have to be worked out of course. And we're still looking at 30 to 60 days before we can get it into our hands."
Part of the process is getting registered and being issued a medical card.
"We did have our checkup with our pediatric neurologist on Friday," Henry added. "He's on board with us, which was a major step to find out, because you do have to have the doctor recommendation to send to the Department of Public Health."
And she is hopeful that cannabis oil will help with Chance's symptoms, but without the side effects of pills.
"A lot of the parents in our support group have said that their children have gone from being complete invalids in wheelchairs to walking and talking, and that remains in the back of my mind," Henry said. "We can actually have a son who we've never known."
Traci encourages other parents to do their research and get lab reports with the medications.
There's no in-state growth so she will need to have cannabis oil shipped from outside of Georgia.