Marijuana legalization is very much in vogue lately
. But when applied to kids, the stems supporting the movement appear a bit thornier.
Mykayla Comstock, an Oregon 7-year-old suffering from leukemia, is being treated with a gram of cannabis oil, applied daily by her mother, to fight the effects of chemotherapy. It's a regimen Comstock's father is none too happy with, however, despite Oregon law allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana - and the power of parents to administer it to their children.
Jesse Comstock, who is divorced form Mykayla's mother, said his daughter appeared "stoned out of her mind" on a recent visit, which prompted him to worry about long term damage to her brain. But Mykayla's mother, Erin, defends her decision to use marijuana to treat her daughter's cancer, which has since been in remission.
While a former oncologist called the marijuana use "inappropriate" for Mykayla, her mother contends that the drug has allowed for a return to normalcy in addition to helping her beat the cancer: "As a mother, I am going to try anything before she can potentially fall on the other side."
Via the San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 25, 10am PST.