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Local Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy' Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
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.

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Local From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high' From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
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.

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Photos: Winter weather hits Western Oregon, SW Washington

Photos: Winter weather hits Western Oregon, SW Washington

The blast of arctic air hitting the Pacific Northwest could bring the first batch of wintry weather to the area. Here's what people living in Western oregon and Southwest Washington woke up to on Thursday morning.

Surf's up ... in Alaska?

Surf's up ... in Alaska? »Play Video
Surf's up off the coast... Of Alaska? Daredevils are riding Alaska's Turnagain Bore tidal wave, which can go on for miles. Surfer Hailey Driver explains why braving the cold waters is well worth the adrenaline rush.

Stuff the bus this Friday and Saturday

Stuff the bus this Friday and Saturday »Play Video

'Tis the season to start thinking about the holidays, but before you stuff your turkey, Food For Lane County is hoping you'll think of others and help to stuff the bus.
 
The non-profit is teaming up with KDUK, Toys for Tots, LTD and Walmart to hold the 19th annual Stuff the Bus food and toy drive.