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Father Fights Mom Giving Daughter With Cancer, 7, Medical Marijuana

Mon, November 26, 2012 12:42pm EDT by 15 Comments
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Mykayla Comstock, 7, was prescribed medical marijuana to help with the side effects of chemotherapy, but her father disagrees and is taking legal action. Keep reading to find out more details!

Ten days after 7-year-old Mykayla Comstock was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia, an aggressive form of the disease that affects 10 to 15 percent of patients, her mother, Erin Purchase, began giving her medical marijuana.

“As soon as they told me she had leukemia, I knew that I would be going to get her medical marijuana card,” Erin, 25, told The Oregonian. “That was just a no-brainer for me completely.”

But her father, Jesse Comstock, strongly disagrees with his ex-wife’s decision, and contacted child welfare officials, police and Mykayla’s oncologist to have the prescription removed.

“She was stoned out of her mind,” the 26-year-old father said of his visit with Mykayla in August. “All she wanted to do was lay on the bed and play video games.”

Though medical marijuana is often used to combat the side effects of chemotherapy, which often include nausea, pain and anxiety, it is rarely prescribed to children. Mykayla is one of 52 children with legal permission to obtain marijuana in the state of Oregon.

“We use it for nausea, for pain, to reduce anxiety,” Erin explained. “We use it to fight cancer itself.”

And little Mykayla, who likes to call herself “Brave Mykayla,” agrees. “Without the cannabis, I feel more tired, and with the cannabis I have more energy to, like, play and stuff,” she said. “It makes me feel funny, happy.”

Instead of smoking joints, Mykayla swallows a capsule form of the drug two times a day. Sometimes, she snacks on a gingersnap or brownie baked with marijuana-laced butter. “It helps me eat and sleep,” she said while nestling close to her mother. “The chemotherapy makes you feel like you want to stay up all night long.”

And according to her mom, the pot is helping. “She’s like she was before,” Erin added. “She’s a normal kid.”

Despite her improved attitude, Jesse worries that his daughter will become addicted with continued use of the drug. “She’s not terminally ill,” he said. “She is going to get over this, and with all this pot, they are going to hinder her brain growth. It’s going to limit her options in life because of the decisions her mother has made for her.”

Despite her young age, Mykayla has already developed a strong opinion concerning her pain-relieving medication. “They should make it not illegal,” she declared, “everyone should use it.”

Watch the video of “Brave Mykayla” below!

Do YOU think a 7-year-old should be given medical marijuana?

Jennifer Kamm

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