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A week after Forrest's 8th birthday, his mother Tanesha Smelser said doctors diagnosed him with epilepsy and prescribed him an anti-seizure drug.

She said the drug made him angry, violent and suicidal.

The Smelser family had reached a breaking point when Tanesha said they decided to ditch the pharmaceuticals in favor of medical marijuana.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR Thursday, November 20, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m. for more on this story

Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy'

Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy' »Play Video
Forrest Smelser is now 9 weeks seizure free after getting on medical cannabis oil.

A week after Forrest's 8th birthday, his mother Tanesha Smelser said doctors diagnosed him with epilepsy and prescribed him an anti-seizure drug.

She said the drug made him angry, violent and suicidal.

The Smelser family had reached a breaking point when Tanesha said they decided to ditch the pharmaceuticals in favor of medical marijuana.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR Thursday, November 20, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m. for more on this story

Meet 'Normal Barbie': She now has added cellulite, stretch marks and acne

Meet 'Normal Barbie': She now has added cellulite, stretch marks and acne

Most of us know that if the iconic Barbie doll were real she'd be forced to walk on all fours and would be physically incapable of lifting her over-sized head!

GTFs at UO: 'Do you have any questions about the possible strike?'

GTFs at UO: 'Do you have any questions about the possible strike?' »Play Video
Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation picketers outside McKenzie Hall Tuesday afternoon. Claire Larson, Oregon News Lab.

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) has been holding informational pickets during the lunch hour at various spots on campus all week.

'There’s a house next door for sale. Who’s going to want to buy it?'

'There’s a house next door for sale. Who’s going to want to buy it?' »Play Video
The house at 4490 Jessen Drive, near Golden Gardens City Park

Steve Arbuckle walks his dog past the house at 4490 Jessen Drive near Golden Gardens City Park every day.

“The big thing I look at is, it’s not going to get better if it stays," he said of the vacant house covered in gang graffiti. "There’s a house next door for sale, a nice house - who’s going to want to buy it?”

From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high'

From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high' »Play Video
Used to treat seizures, the oil derived from the CBD straing of marijuana is low is THC - the compound that causes marijuana's "high" - and high in CBD, a compound believed to have therapeutic benefit.

The marijuana plant grown for seizure patients like 8-year-old Forrest Smelser is special, Jim Murphy with TJ's Organic Gardens said.

He said that unlike marijuana plants grown with a high THC level in mind - the psychoactive ingredient responsible for marijuana's "high" - Forrest's plant has less than 1 percent of THC.

"We're not getting children high. We're just giving them medicine, and that's what makes this plant special," he said. "It has a very low THC, and very high CBD."

Murphy said the plant has been given the name CBD, an acronym for another active cannabinoid in marijuana known as cannabidiol. CBD is the chemical believed to be treating seizure patients like Forrest.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR Thursday, November 20, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m. for more on this story

Zoe the burro gets prosthetic legs

Zoe the burro gets prosthetic legs »Play Video
Eight-month-old Zoe only has two good legs. Her adopted family hopes the double-amputee donkey can some day become a therapy animal. But first, Erin Breen reports they have to worry about paying off Zoe's medical bills.