GLADSTONE, Ore. (ABC) — You might not have heard of little kids using medical marijuana before, but it’s perfectly legal in Oregon, and a family from Gladstone is finding out just how upsetting that is to some people.
The whole house smelled like pot, but the little girl’s parents insisted she never smokes it.
Mykayla Comstock takes pills, but even some of her family and doctors think that’s still a terrible idea.
She loves chow mein, but Mykayla’s mom and boyfriend say this playful seven year old wouldn’t be able to enjoy those normal things if it weren’t for pot.
“People are expecting cannabis in the form of the buds that come off of the plant,” says Brandon Krenzler, the boyfriend of Mykayla’s mother.
That’s what is normally expected, but this is the marijuana Mykayla Comstock takes – one little green pill a day, injected with concentrated marijuana oil.
“She is happier. She has more energy. She is eating like she used to. She doesn’t have a lot of nausea,” adds Mykayla’s mother, Erin Purchase.
The truth is, Mykayla’s one sick girl, having been diagnosed last summer with Leukemia. She is now undergoing chemo for three years with all its nasty side effects.
“She takes 1 gram of cannabis oil in place of 7 to 10 prescription drugs on average that children with leukemia take on a daily basis,” adds Krenzler.
A lot of people are going to hear about this, and think, even if it helps, she’s seven years old and it’s totally inappropriate.
Purchase adds, “I respect the views of people when they think it’s inappropriate. Our first oncologist wasn’t accepting of it. She said it was Inappropriate, ”
But it’s all legal. There’s no age limit for Oregon’s medical marijuana program.
Mykayla’s enrolled, along with 49 other kids under age 18, and every one of them can get the same pot as adults.
“Mykayla does not smoke marijuana. She is not exposed to marijuana smoke at all,” Purchase notes.
Mykayla’s family is split. Her mom told me her grandmother is strongly against it. So is her biological father, and you heard her first doctor was too.
But her mom, Erin, has full custody, so she can make the decisions unless her biological dad wants to challenge it in court.