PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — A 7-year-old girl is using medical marijuana to help battle leukemia.
The Oregonian reports that Mykayla Comstock has been using a gram of cannabis oil daily that she swallows in pill form or eats in brownies and gingersnap cookies.
Comstock’s mother and her boyfriend, who use marijuana on a daily basis, feel the drug is harmless.
“She’s like she was before,” Erin Purchase, 25, told The Oregonian. “She’s a normal kid.”
Purchase added that medical marijuana has helped her daughter’s leukemia go into remission.
“”She wasn’t responding as well until she got the cannabis,” she told the paper.
Mykayla says the drug makes her feel better.
“It helps me eat and sleep,” she said. “The chemotherapy makes you feel like you want to stay up all night long.”
The little girl added that medical marijuana makes her “feel funny, happy.”
Not everyone in on board with Mykayla using medical marijuana, though.
Jesse Comstock, Mykayla’s father who lives in North Dakota, believes the drug is having a negative effect on his daughter.
“She’s not terminally ill,” Comstock, 26, told the paper. “She is going to get over this, and with all this pot, they are going to hinder her brain growth.”
Comstock noticed something was off about his daughter when he came to visit. He took his daughter to a private lab where technicians notified him of Mykayla’s high THC levels. Comstock called authorities but there was nothing they could do because it is legal for Mckayla to use medical marijuana.
“She was stoned out of her mind,” Comstock told The Oregonian. “All she wanted to do was lay on the bed and play video games.”
Oregon law requires no monitoring of a child’s medical marijuana use by a pediatrician.
The law instead invests authority in parents to decide the dosage, frequency and manner of a child’s marijuana consumption.
The Oregonian reports that Mykayla’s original oncologist, Dr. Janice Olson at Legacy Emanuel’s Randall Children’s Hospital, called the child’s marijuana use “inappropriate.”
Mykayla was diagnosed with leukemia last spring. She went into remission a month after starting chemotherapy.
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