Couple advocates for medical marijuana

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (WCIA) — One family is trying to make sure no one has to go through what they did when their daughter died two years ago.

The Faires family lost their daughter, Ciara Jade, after a shooting. She became addicted to opioids, which she used to treat her pain. It led her to the streets and her parents say she got mixed in with the wrong crowd.

After she was killed in 2016, her parents decided to try and educate people on the benefits of medical marijuana, which they say would have been a viable option to treat their daughter. “We do have an opioid program for medical cannabis in Illinois, and that’s great. However, we need to get it where rehab facilities are on board to use that as a therapy and to educate the doctors on how it works, because they don’t understand, they don’t have time to mess with it,” said Michelle Faires. The family launched Jade Leaf last year to educate people about medical marijuana.

They will hold an informational seminar in Charleston next month. That will be on April 20 from 3-5 p.m. at Jackson Avenue Coffee.

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