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Georgia ACLU files brief supporting Twiggs couple who used marijuana to treat son

The couple claims the marijuana stopped their son's seizures. Police say what they did was against the law.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has filed a brief in Twiggs County Juvenile Court to support a couple charged with using marijuana to treat their 15-year-old son's seizures.

The ACLU wrote that they're supporting Suzeanna and Matthew Brill's "fundamental right to parent and obtain the medical treatment they need for their chronically ill son, who suffers from daily epileptic seizures."

The amicus brief asks the court to immediately reunite the parents with their son, according to an ACLU of Georgia news release.

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“Georgia is tearing vulnerable children away from their parents and placing them in danger based on inexcusable ignorance about the proven medical benefits of marijuana use,” wrote Sean J. Young, Legal Director of the ACLU of Georgia.

"Already, 31 states have passed comprehensive medical marijuana reform that would have allowed the Brills to give their son the necessary medical treatment he urgently needs. Georgia needs to join the rest of the country and pass comprehensive medical marijuana reform before we put any more lives at risk.”

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According to Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum, what they did was against the law and the couple was arrested for reckless conduct.

A spokesman for his office told WMAZ about a month ago that they were swamped with calls from national media about the case and from marijuana-rights advocates.

Col. James Faulk says some of those people left violent or threatening messages.

But in a statement to the media, Mitchum said his department was just following the law.