7-Year Old Oregon Girl Being Treated with Marijuana
A seven-year old girl from Oregon, Mykayla Comstock, suffers from leukemia and is one of the youngest patients in Oregon currently using medical marijuana. Her mother said she gives marijuana pills to her daughter to combat effects from chemotherapy. Her father, living in North Dakota, said he worries about what effect the drug will have on his daughter’s brain development.
Last year the girl was diagnosed by doctors with leukemia and her mother gives her cannabis oil in the amount of one gram daily. The young girl’s mother said she gives the drug credit for her daughter’s leukemia being in remission. Mykayla said that the drug helped her to sleep and to eat by made her feel funny.
The law in Oregon does not require medical marijuana to be monitored when used buy a pediatrician. Instead, the law invests the authority in the parents to decide the best frequency, dosage and the manner in which their child will receive the marijuana.
In Oregon there are currently 52 children who have medical conditions qualifying them for medical marijuana. Some of the different conditions being treated with medical marijuana include seizures, pain, cancer and nausea.
Oregon is not the only state that treats children with medical marijuana by prescription. In May, 44 marijuana cards had been issued in Michigan. At that particular time, the Academy of American Pediatrics said no policy had been established on medical marijuana use by children, but one was being worked on.
Eighteen states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana use. The most recent state to approve its use was Massachusetts in the recent November elections.