Halabi's daughter, Mia, has severe epilepsy. Treatment by some of the country's best neurologists and with the most powerful drugs has done little. This year, doctors told him to prepare for her death. In July, he and his wife, Miriam, saw an online video of a Colorado Springs girl's astounding recovery from epilepsy using an oil made from a special strain of marijuana.
The Halabis live in New York City, where medical marijuana is illegal. Families of children with severe medical problems are moving to Colorado from all over the country to get the oil that appears to be working. They call themselves marijuana refugees.