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7-Year-Old Uses Medical Marijuana: Right Or Wrong?

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In light of medical marijuana now becoming legal in 18 states, it brings up a lot of controversial issues, like the case of a seven-year-old girl suffering from leukemia who is now one of the youngest medical marijuana patients using this drug.

Oregon resident, Mykayla Comstock, was diagnosed with leukemia last spring. As part of her treatment, her mom has elected to give her a gram of cannabis oil daily, The Oregonian reported. It's something that Mykayla says is helping her to feel better:

Without the cannabis, I feel more tired-er, and with the cannabis I have more energy to like play and stuff. It makes me feel funny, happy.

It also helps her to eat and sleep better, she says.

Mykayla's mother, Erin Purchase, says this decision was an easy one because it helps to fight the nausea, pain and anxiety caused by the chemotherapy:

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

Mykayla's father though does not agree.

After a visit with his daughter last August, Jesse Comstock was concerned about her behavior and found out she was using medical marijuana–something that concerned him because he was worried about the effects this could have on his 7-year-old's brain development:

She was stoned out of her mind. All she wanted to do was lay on the bed and play video games.

So he contacted child welfare officials, police and her oncologist. And even though Comstock told Oregon Live that he doesn't object to people over 16 using medical marijuana, he doesn't want his daughter using it at such a young age:

She's not terminally ill. 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.

But Mykayla's mother doesn't agree and believes this is the proper way to treat her daughter and the side effects from chemo:

I felt like I was going to lose my child. At that point, I knew that I would do whatever it took to save her life. I knew deep down in my heart that cannabis would get her through her chemotherapy without using as many pharmaceutical medications…

Oregon law requires no monitoring of a child's medical marijuana use by a pediatrician. So we want to know what you think: Is this right or wrong?

Photo: oregonlive.com