Seven Year-Old Girl Battles Leukemia With Medical MarijuanaNovember 28, 2012
Source: The Oregon Live
Mykayla Comstock's family says marijuana helps her fight an especially aggressive form of leukemia, keeps infection at bay and lifts her weary spirit. Twice a day she swallows a potent capsule form of the drug. Some days, when she can't sleep or eat, she snacks on a gingersnap or brownie baked with marijuana-laced butter.
Mykayla is one of 2,201 cancer patients authorized by the state of Oregon to use medical marijuana.
She is 7.
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program serves 52 children who have a qualifying medical condition, parental consent and a doctor's approval. Like adults, most cite pain as a qualifying condition, though many list multiple health problems, including seizures, nausea and cancer.
Mykayla’s father (divorced from her mother) complains that Mykayla is “stoned out of her gourd” and only wants to play video games when he comes to visit, and is concerned that the drug may negatively impact her development.