No matter where you stand on the issue, when your own kids are involved, things may seem different. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 18 states and in Washington, D.C., but as this story in the Boston Globe suggests, many parents are wary of asking their children's doctors for the drug.
Brandon Krenzler, father to 7-year-old daughter, MyKayla Comstock, recently appeared on HuffPost Live to talk about what happens when somebody under 18, specifically his daughter, needs the drug. MyKayla started taking medical marijuana shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia. In the video, Krenzler says that when MyKayla was first diagnosed, cancer had a “terrifying” effect on her.
According to Brandon, "She was very sick, she was in a lot of pain... she was basically experiencing everything you wouldn't want your daughter to experience." MyKayla adds that she was "really tired" all of the time.
Brandon says when he questioned MyKayla’s doctor about medical cannabis, her doctor didn't support her parents' decision. Brandon is confident that he made the right choice for his daughter. When asked what would happen if MyKayla wasn't currently using medical marijuana, he says, "her life would be riddled with illness, she would be sick every single day."
It’s hard to imagine any doctor arguing with trying to make a child with cancer feel better, and although marijuana and drugs in general must be a difficult issue for any parent to grapple with, clearly knowing that you can do something — or anything — that will alleviate your severely ill child’s pain is ultimately the most important thing.