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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- Valley families plead for Ohio to legalize medical marijuana.

Wednesday 21 News first told you about a North Lima family uprooting their life here in the valley to move to Colorado.  That's the only state with a new type of medical marijuana that they believe could save their son's life.

Thursday the family, as well as other Valley children with medical conditions that may be able to benefit from the drug met with local lawmakers during a round table discussion.

The parents explain that the new marijuana oil-known as "Charlotte's Web" is made specifically for children with diseases such as epilepsy or cancer, and only has a small amount of the ingredient that gets you high.

"When the doctors tell you that they have no more options, there is nothing left to do and you see these children that are taking the medication and they're improving so much, it gives you hope again," said Mother Amy Wollet.

"The kids will put it in their food, in their gums, they swallow it they do not smoke it, they do not get high from it because the THC level is very low," said Mother Dana Shaffer.

State Representative Bob Hagan has been hearing more from these families. He's made multiple attempts over the years to legalize medical marijuana, but says the attempts have died off because of lack of public support.

"Once they see this is not something to just get a buzz or to get high on that this is used specifically for medicinal use of stopping these children from these seizures I think they'll change their mind," said Hagan.

"I'm not going to stand here today and say I want to legalize marijuana what I want to do is to make sure we use our scientific knowledge, our scientific research to find out if this is workable in the state of Ohio, " said State Senator Joe Schiavoni.

One group is currently seeking signatures hoping to place medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot.

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