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

Mon, November 26, 2012 12:42pm EDT by 15 Comments
Child Cancer Medial Marijuana
Courtesy of Oregonlive.com

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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Television In Mirror

Posted at 3:12 AM on March 13, 2013  

It seems that it is the mother of a joke. If the child is to defeat cancer, they will have another problem, trying to get her drugs. She will become addicted.

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Pharmaceutical crm solutions

Posted at 1:01 AM on December 13, 2012  

You own when your child is suffering, you never thought you had, you can find. Your exact situation, except you cannot judge.

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John Mini

Posted at 12:22 AM on November 28, 2012  

If they titrate the dosage correctly and only give it as needed, it can help your daughter get through the therapy. Yet to get the correct dosage you will have to monitor her symptoms and signs very closely, and do everything else that you can to balance the side effects and optimize the positive dimensions of the drug.

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Nata

Posted at 12:47 PM on November 27, 2012  

You know what also kills brain cells? radiation and DYING OF CANCER!

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Julielazukina

Posted at 9:00 PM on November 26, 2012  

Your child doesn’t need marijuana, there is a prophet named TB Joshua he is a man of God and people get healed all the time when they go to that church the church is SCOAN look it up it is in Nigeria i know its costly but its worth it. Or Bethel church in Redding , California. Again go on the website of both of these churches and see when they have healing rooms and i recommend you to go, i have visited both of these churches let me tell you again it is 100% WORTH IT!!!

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olivia

Posted at 7:20 PM on November 26, 2012  

You can’t get addicted but it can impede brain growth, resulting in a lower IQ and learning difficulties. That mother seems far to quick to sign her child up. We hear all the time about strong kids fighting cancer without drugs, I don’t really understand why the mother is pushing it?

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Ellie

Posted at 4:00 PM on November 26, 2012  

Seems to me that the mother is not making an unbiased decision in the best interests of her daughter. The statement that she “knew” that she would get marijuana as a treatment for her daughter even before she knew she had cancer, shows she is probably a user herself. It is sad when parents use their children to promote their own ideas.

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john

Posted at 3:50 PM on November 26, 2012  

I hope the husband gets cancer so we can deny him his medication.

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Bianca

Posted at 2:26 PM on November 26, 2012  

honestly if the marijuana provides the girl with the strength and energy to get through the day why is it such a problem since they’ve done research showing marijuana is not addictive

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Lisa

Posted at 1:43 PM on November 26, 2012  

You don’t get addicted to marijuana Tina…..

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retty

Posted at 1:24 PM on November 26, 2012  

Marijuana doesn’t cause addiction, though I really think it should only be used in medical cases such as this one.

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Tina

Posted at 12:58 PM on November 26, 2012  

It seems as its a joke to the mom. If the kid beats the cancer they are gonna have another issue trying to get her off of the drug. She’s going to become addicted.

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dude here

Posted at 1:11 PM on November 26, 2012  

addicted?? its marijuana there is no addiction you idiot.

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MY-OPINION

Posted at 2:34 PM on November 26, 2012  

When your child is suffering, you will find yourself doing things you never thought you would do. You can not judge unless you our in the exact situation.

 
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john

Posted at 3:49 PM on November 26, 2012  

You can’t get addicted to pot.

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