ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Today marks the grand opening of Vireo Health’s new medical marijuana dispensary on Fuller Road.
Lines of people lined up beforehand, but for one young girl and her family, the dispensary is already helping make a big difference in their lives.
Suffering from epilepsy, nine-year-old Haley Hilt has been struggling to find a cure to help.
“Haley has been having seizures since she was about a month old,” said mother Melissa Hilt.
Any measures used to try and prevent them came up short, time and time again.
“We’ve been through 15 different epileptic medications, special diets, and she even had surgery to try and stop the seizures,” Melissa said.
Medical Marijuana treatments remained as the other option to try and treat Haley.
“The more I researched it, the more I was just shocked at how well these kids were doing and I thought, nothing else is working why not give this a shot,” Melissa said.
The family decided to go for it and in February, Melissa began Haley’s treatment on Indigo, a liquid based medical cannabis.
Since starting the treatments, her seizures have decreased nearly 75 percent.
“It’s been truly a miracle for us,” Melissa said.
Another problem arose when there weren’t any local medical marijuana dispensary’s around.
The family had to always drive down to White Plains to get Haley’s medication.
“Yes, it was three hours there and three hours back. It was a day off of work,” Melissa said.
That will no longer be an issue thanks to the new dispensary in Albany.
“Now we can stop by on our way home from church Sunday mornings,” Melissa said.
Everyone involved says it’s just the first step in what could become a real movement in the state.
“The past sixth months have been incredible I can’t even begin to imagine what the next six months to a year might include,” Melissa said.