Mom Treats Daughter With Medical Marijuana, Dad Objects
November 27, 2012
Would you let your 7-year-old daughter use medical marijuana?
Mykayla Comstock, diagnosed with leukemia last spring, is one of Oregon's youngest medical marijuana patients. Her mother says the cannabis pills she takes helps combat the awful side effects of chemotherapy, namely nausea and insomnia.
But Mykayla's father Jesse, who is divorced from her mother and lives in North Dakota, wants his daughter taken off the treatment. He says he worries about the effect the drug may be having on her developing brain, especially when it is not crucial to her survival, he tells the Associated Press.
Disturbed by his daughter's marijuana use, Comstock contacted child welfare officials, police and Mykayla's oncologist, complaining that she was "stoned out of her mind." Local police contacted the girl's mother, Erin Purchase, and examined Mykayla's medical marijuana paperwork. Everything checked out and there was little they could do.
Mykayla, 7, consumes up to 1.2 grams of cannabis oil in 24 hours, the rough equivalent of smoking 10 joints – she says it makes her feel "funny." Her mother credits the drug for the leukemia's remission and refuses to take her daughter off the treatment.
Comstock, who says he has used pot in the past, said he doesn't object to people over 16 using medical marijuana.
Who do you think is right here? Should Mykayla be allowed to take medical marijuana? Or is this treatment too radical when other alternatives may exist? Let us know your take.