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Stoned Kids: The Controversial Use of Medical Marijuana for Children


Marisa Kabas

By Marisa Kabas
December 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Medical marijuana is legal in 20 U.S. states, but few people realize that it can legally be used by child cancer patients.

Vice sent a crew to the small town of Pendleton, Oregon, a community vocal and active in its support of using medical marijuana in lieu of other medical treatments they view as more harmful. The story centers on Mykayla Comstock, an eight-year-old Leukemia patient in Pendleton — she takes a boatload of cannabis every day, the equivalent of 10 bong hits.

When her doctor saw that chemotherapy wasn’t shrinking the tumor in her chest, she recommended full-body radiation and a bone marrow transplant for young Mykayla. Instead, her parents turned to weed. They said she’s hungry, happy and acting like a kid again. Watch this:

In the state of Oregon you can legally obtain a medical marijuana license from a dispensary as a caregiver. Mykayla’s father Brendan serves as the caregiver for her and another little boy with cancer. He often refers to the term “apoptosis,” which refers to the process by which cannabis shrinks tumors.

He is a fervent believer in it.

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The crew also caught up with Frankie Wallace, a medical marijuana grower and Alabama transplant who “dreamed” of using marijuana to cure cancer. He started a [no pun intended] “grassroots movement” to increase awareness about the benefits of medical marijuana.

It may sound like a miracle cure, but there’s a long way to go until it becomes accepted practice. Kevin Sabet, Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and former Obama drug policy advisor, would like to see medical marijuana produced in certified labs instead of, “guys mixing a mixture in their backyard and growing something in their basement.”

Definitely gives you some munchies for thought.