Desperation drives families to skirt law for medical marijuana

Desperation drives families to skirt law for medical marijuana

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Medical marijuana ENID, Okla. — As doctors, pundits and policymakers debate State Question 788, some Oklahomans already have taken the question of medical marijuana into their own hands by illegally bringing medical cannabis into the state for loved ones suffering from terminal or chronic illnesses. Two Oklahomans shared their stories with the News & Eagle on condition of anonymity, out of fear of possible legal consequences for bringing medical marijuana into the state. Taking risks for the care of a child For one parent, bringing marijuana across state lines was unthinkable, until their young child was diagnosed with cancer. The child was given a 60 percent chance of survival with traditional oncology treatments. The parent said they proceeded with all doctors’ recommendations, and the child began a long course of surgery and radiation treatments, followed by chemotherapy. But, if there was anything else that could be done, the parent said they wanted to pursue it. “At that time we were still like, ‘What in the hell just happened?’ and ‘What are we going to do?’ We just wanted to see what else we could do to help,” the parent said. +3 Groups at odds about medical marijuana question Online research and talking to parents in states with legal medical marijuana revealed a wealth of testimonies about the effectiveness of cannabis to improve appetite and ease pain for children undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, and possibly to shrink tumors. “Those testimonies were enough for me,” the parent said, “just to make my child feel better, at the very least, with the possibility of prolonging … life and improving quality of life.” The parent eventually connected with a person who had a legal medical marijuana card in another state who was willing to help. Sympathetic doctors and nurses from that state also […]

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