8/21/2014 Related Story: Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Petition Falls Short
"It helps to be around people who care," said Hilterbran. "There's no place like home. It's heartbreaking."
Her 12-year-old son, Austin, suffers from Dravet Syndrome which causes multiple seizures a day.
"I just, I knew we as a family had already gone through so much, and now it's going to require so much more to help Austin," Hilterbran said.
Now, the family plans to travel to Colorado to have Austin be closely monitored while he tries variations of CBD oil.
While here in Oklahoma, legislators plan to study the oil in small amounts, a move the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics supports.
"We don't want to rush into it," said Mark Woodward with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. "If we're going to treat it like medicine, than we've got to treat it like we do with other medicine."
Woodward says he's relieved the petition failed. Not because of individuals like Hilterbran, but the likeliness others would abuse the term "medical marijuana."
"They could use this as a back door way to basically legalize smoking pot," Woodward said.
While Oklahoma searches for a balance, Hilterbran and her family will search for an answer somewhere else.
"Austin will be meeting with the people who hopefully will change his life," Hilterbran said.
The family plans to hold a fundraiser to help with their trip to Colorado in September.
Hilterbran predicts each trip to Colorado will cost their family $4,000 to $5,000, and she expects they'll make at least five trips.