The following is an anonymous letter written by the father of an an 11 year old autistic boy with a tumor in his brain:
“First, thank you for the opportunity to share my story.
Actually my situation is twofold. My son’s story first.
In February of 2011 my autistic 9 year old son had a seizure in the middle of the night, first one ever. We found that he had a “brain mass” after an MRI.
He had surgery that March, and they removed most of the tumor. They could not get it all surgically because of the sensitive location of the mass. After 2 years it had grown slightly, so we were presented with the option of 6 weeks of radiation, which was our only legal option at the time. We’ll find out soon how the treatment did. Lousy way for an 11 year old to spend his summer.
I’ve heard and read of wonderful results they’ve had with cannabinoids and tumor shrinkage. Even if that chance would have been one in a thousand, as a parent, I would have much rather had the option of trying cannabis first, since we had time, and this was obviously not an aggressive tumor by any means. Instead, he went through the destructive radiation treatments, and now of course the eventual side effects.
There have also been numerous reports on how cannabis may help kids with Autism, which certainly look promising.
Every parent should have the option of a non-invasive alternative such as cannabis to help their child the best way they know how. Especially if there is absolutely no proof of negative side effects of the treatment they seek. I love my son, and feel that I owe him the best possible chance to lead a normal life.
20 states and Washington DC have legalized cannabis for medical use in a variety of conditions. This should legitimize the question of whether it has possibilities of medical use, which is one of the guidelines for Schedule 1 drugs. The current scheduling of cannabis is proven undeserved every day, and Iowa needs to move forward on not only rescheduling this “drug”, but also in legalizing a much safer choice to not only alcohol, but a myriad of legal medications that are highly addictive and bring side effects no one wants.
The most recent Gallup Poll shows 58% of Americans are for legalization, and 80% favor medical use.
It’s time to progress out of the Reefer Madness mentality, and realize there are people who are suffering because Iowa is frozen in prohibition compliance. It’s time to join the other states and take the next step.
Thank you for your time and attention. Please consider doing whatever is necessary to help Iowans, and keep them from moving out of state to get treatment for their loved ones.
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Here’s a video of one family’s story about giving cannabis to their child to treat autism from KTLA Channel 5: