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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:19 PM

(WA) Dad fights to keep growing pot to ease son’s seizures

Haiden Day, 5, has a severe form of epilepsy. His parents found that non-psychoactive chemicals in marijuana seem to calm his seizures. But proposed changes in the state medical-marijuana law would make treatment impractical, maybe impossible for Haiden, they say

But he has started lobbying against a proposed clampdown on the state’s medical-marijuana system.

Aimed at reconciling the largely unregulated medical system with the state’s new highly regulated recreational system, the proposals include a ban on home growing. They would also reduce the amount of marijuana patients can possess, and eliminate dispensaries, steering patients instead into new recreational retail stores.

Day argues that he needs to grow his son’s marijuana because it would be prohibitively expensive to buy. He needs more for a ready supply than the proposals from three state agencies would allow. And he has little confidence that new retail stores — geared to serve recreational users looking for a good buzz — would stock a reliable supply of the rare strains his son needs. Haiden’s medicinal pot has no or little THC, the key psychoactive chemical in most pot, and it has a high percentage of cannabidiol or CBD, a chemical believed to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties.

Day knows that lawmakers are skeptical of the medical system and some believe most patients are gaming the system. “You know what my angle is? I don’t want my son to die,” Day said.


http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022228981_potchildrenxml.html

Day has several problems with the dramatic changes recommended for medical-marijuana by state officials last month, starting with the proposed ban on home-growing and collective gardens, a way for patients to pool their growing ability.

“If there is no home growing and no collective gardens where people can chip in, most parents are priced out of this,” he said.

The proposed cut in patients’ 60-day supply from 24 ounces to three ounces also troubles him. Day notes that for every pound Haiden gains his dosage needs to increase. “If my son was twice as heavy he’d need two ounces a week. That’s the entire take-home pay for some people,” he said.

Day also opposes the shift of medical patients to state-regulated recreational pot stores, scheduled to open by next summer.

“You’re going to have a recreational market much larger than the medical market with cash to burn,” Day said. “It’s quite possible patients won’t be able to find what they need and if they can, they may not be able to afford it.”

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Jesus Malverde Nov 2013 OP
Voice for Peace Nov 2013 #1
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #2
demigoddess Feb 2014 #3
Jesus Malverde Feb 2014 #4
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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:55 PM

1. this absurd inhumane prohibition needs to end

 

and it will.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 05:12 PM

2. Good for the Dad!

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2014, 02:16 AM

3. I have a similar story with a different cause

my daughter was born with severe retardation from birth defects. No seizures. But we had a real problem with her self abuse. This is when kids hit themselves and knock their heads into walls etc. They can do it for hours on end, day after day. Being so severely retarded you cannot teach them not to do that. Also my daughter has pain from some of her birth defects and this hitting herself might be a cry for help with the pain. She has spent most of her life in pain. They gave her medicines for it, finally, but then she started with seizures. From the medicine? From getting older?? we don't know. You might think my daughter is young, she looks young, but is really close to middle-aged. MMJ has been a godsend, and I hope they don't screw it up with trying to regulate the recreational stuff.

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 9, 2014, 02:29 AM

4. Thank you for your story.

I think Washington should respect both worlds.

Peace.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2014, 05:35 PM

5. I don't understand why WA won't allow homegrown

That seems like a really bad provision in their law.

Surely people like Day can make the legs see that medical use has different concerns.

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