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Preston Weaver was chosen as the first child in Georgia to receive cannabis oil. He has been taking a small dose of the drug two times a day, and his mother says she's already seeing changes.
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Augusta, GA - It's been almost a month into the first cannabis oil trial at Georgia Regents University. News Channel 6's Nicole Snyder has been following the Weaver family through the trial.
 
A little crack of a smile. It's part of the progress Preston Weaver has been showing since he started taking cannabis oil.
 
"We've seen more personality in the last week or two than we've seen in a long time," said Valerie Weaver.
 
Preston has been on a small dose of Epidiolex for three weeks now. His mom, Valerie Weaver, said she began noticing a difference within the first week of use.
 
"Just about every time we talk to him or touch him or anything, he smiles or vocalizes or does something to let us know that's he's acknowledging the fact that we are interacting with him," said Weaver.
 
Simple sounds are a big milestone for Preston. Weaver's main goal for using the oil is to have any type of communication with her son. 
 
"I've had his teachers send me a note home two days last week that they had noticed a difference that he was "talking" more, which in our case means vocalizing more, and he seemed to be smiling more," said Weaver.
 
Not only his smiling more, but he's beginning to start building the muscles in his face, so he can one day eat again.
 
"We have been working with him two or three months now, nothing, we aren't getting any response whatsoever, a week into this, she started getting muscle responses in his face," said Weaver.
 
These new developments for Preston are what Weaver is hoping other families will get to experience across Georgia. 
 
Last week, she went to the State Capitol to meet with representatives about House Bill One, legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis.
 
"Families need the option of in-state cultivation, it's great if it gets passed and decriminalizes it, completely grateful for that much, but it still leaves families to figure out how to obtain the medication for their children," said Weaver.
 
She said she's disappointed in the Governor Nathan Deal's decision to strip the bill of allowing production of the crop, but believes the state is going to take baby steps just like Preston is doing.
 
Weaver said she's seen a slight decrease in Preston's seizures. He will be getting the fourth increase in his dose on Tuesday. He will keep receiving an increase every week until he reaches his therapeutic level.
 
 Nicole Snyder, WJBF Reporter (~ January 19, 2015 
 
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