Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in the other.
“Cannabis is what’s kept her alive all this time,” Holt said. “She isn’t supposed to be here.”
Maddie was born blind, deaf and has many health complications from a rare terminal disease called Zellweger Syndrome. Holt says babies like her usually die shortly after birth, but Maddie has surpassed her life expectancy because of medical marijuana.
Lawmakers in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee heard parents like Holt speak about the benefits of medical marijuana and how it has helped their children function without pain or other issues until their next dose. House Bill 1060 would allow a parent or guardian to privately administer medical marijuana to a child while at school, on a school bus or at a school-sponsored event. Under existing law schools are not required to allow on-site use of medical marijuana, but are permitted to allow it if they choose. The measure awaits action in the Ways & Means Committee.
Supporters of the measure explained the process is simple.
“We’re talking about kids who already go through so much medical turmoil, why not give them the opportunity to go to school and make friends,” Holt said. “This is not a scary thing, these kids are wonderful kids, they use a controversial medicine but it shouldn’t matter if it’s what works for them.”
Holt said it usually takes just seconds to give Maddie her medicine through a feeding tube four times a day. Other parents said it can be administered simply by having a child eat a cookie or drink chocolate milk.
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