The debate on legalizing medical marijuana is an ongoing argument that seems to be getting bigger by the day. In this latest medical marijuana story, cannabis oil pills were used to help 7-year-old Mykayla Comstock’s cancer go into remission after she was diagnosed with leukemia in July.
Mykayla’s mom Erin Purchase tells her story toABC News, stating, “The first doctor was not for it at all. She was rude and she told us it was inappropriate. Basically, she blew up at us and told us to transfer to another facility.”
According to the medical marijuana program in Oregon, it’s legal for a minor to enroll as long as the child’s parent or legal guardian consents and takes responsibility as a caregiver. The Oregon Public Health Division identified four other patients enrolled in the Oregon medical marijuana program between the ages of 4 and 9, six between the ages of 10 and 14, and 41 between the ages of 15 and 17.
As far as the effects the pills have on Mykayla, Purchase says, “It took a while to get her adjusted to it. She acted more funny when she first started taking it and after a while gained tolerance. Now, when she takes it, you can’t even tell. She’s very normal.”
Dr. Igor Grant, director of the University of California Center for Medical Cannabis Research in San Diego, isn’t so sure about the overall effects the pills have on a child with a developing brain, stating, “It’s always a tricky issue prescribing really a medication of any kind to developing organisms because they may be more sensitive to the effects, specifically if the prescription drug has an effect on the brain.”
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