Mother of 5-Year-Old Medical-Marijuana Patient Explains How Pot Helps Her Son

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When voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010, do you think they wanted to prevent patients from getting specific forms of marijuana?

That's what the mother of 5-year-old Zander Welton is asking. The ACLU and the Weltons have filed a lawsuit asking the court to clarify that the definition of medical marijuana includes extracts of the plant, like the kind used to treat Zander's severe epilepsy.

See also:
-Arizona Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Filed by ACLU to Help Boy Receive Plant Extracts

As explained by Ray Stern in a recent New Times cover story, local law enforcement agencies, under the guidance of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, are treating certain preparations of medical marijuana as illegal.

This opinion comes about even though the voter-approved law says patients may legally possess marijuana and "any preparation or mixture thereof."

In addition to the lawsuit (which Stern wrote about last week), the ACLU also released an essay written by Jennifer Welton, Zander's mother, explaining the whole situation from her view.

The essay makes it seem fairly ridiculous that a prosecutor would target certain preparations of marijuana.

Read that essay on the next page:

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ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

For the people who make money off the laws against illegal drug use, we will remember you - you are nothing but lowlife scum and should be stripped of your medical, law enforcement and government credentials for bringing such destruction and despair to our communities for so long.  The Pursuit of Happiness is inherent in the human rights given to us by our creator - WHATEVER that happiness might be.  

The fact that these laws make possible the underground economy which profits those who grow, manufacture, process, transport and market these drugs, and you are making money off that system is the real failure of you in the conduct of your professions, especially your oath to DO NO HARM! 

I'm especially talking to all though substance abuse counsellors out there who are lying to their patients and saying there is nothing you can do about the laws which cause this injustice because those laws bring you your patients.  There IS something they can do about them, we can eliminate those laws and stop the profiteering off the misfortunes of others' addictions. 

When the government BANS something, that puts an artificial barrier on that product and the price of the product rises substantially with the increased risk for the businesses (underground or not) which traffic in them.  Without the laws which are in place that outlaw these substances, there would be no profit to fund the manufacturing, transportation and marketing of them - it would be almost impossible to get your hands on them because there would be no risk and therefore the economics of the market economy of illicit drugs would collapse. 

You people in the substance abuse health arena should be the FIRST to speak out about the failure of the War on Drugs because you see the damage caused by the flood of substandard drugs into our society all the time AND the injustice that medical marijuana card holders who have been sentenced to your treatment experience every day!  SHAME ON YOU!


Chris Smith
Chris Smith

Hmmm, let's see: something that has been proven effective in helping patients as opposed to a man-made drug that hurts people? No brainer, really: let them have what heals.

Rivka da Cat
Rivka da Cat

that is asinine to say one form of marijuana is legal but another form is not legal, especially when it is being used medicinally.

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

Note to Monty: we're coming for your job, as well as total legalization next time. You know it. You aren't being blind sided. We don't care that you know. We are going to repeal prohibition in Arizona, and you won't be able to do squat. If we can get it on the ballot, we can beat your sorry butt at the ballot box.

As far as the court case goes: good luck going up against sick kids in the PR arena!  You're going to take a pounding in the press and in public opinion. So, you're on notice: you haven't been blind sided by that, either.

Warren Klofkorn
Warren Klofkorn

Sorry, Mike, there are still pot busts and prosecutions here.

Mike Aring
Mike Aring

it already has been legalized in arizona!

Denise Mason
Denise Mason

No one has EVER overdosed or died from the use of marijuana.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

This whole fight has nothing to do with the benefits or detriments of MJ CBD's for this boy and others...

It's all about the Republicans in this state, as well as elsewhere, feeling they have the right to tell someone else what to do, when to do it and how to do it, nothing more.

Republicans claim to be about the person, but would have this boy be seizing all day long, rather than allow him access to the only medicine that works for many people, Marijuana CBD's. 

The claim that there are alternatives like Marinol is ludicrous. Marinol and the other big pharma alternatives are proven to be extremely ineffective and what efficacy they have differs EXTREMELY from patient to patient, which means realistically it is not an option. In addition it costs through the roof, after all, big pharma has to make it's outrageous profits.

If Republicans and prohibitionists really wanted to truly help people, they would realize that they have no right to tell anyone else anything until what that person is doing affects them directly.

End the Reefer Madness, end the prohibition.. END THE CONTROL STATE.. will some people act irresponsibly, sure, that is true with anything from alcohol to shopping but then address THAT minority, rather than penalizing the majority.

If Marijuana, in ANY form was not medicine then big pharma would not be attempting to make commercial medicines based off of it.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@Warren KlofkornI am in a substance abuse class where there are THREE people who had their medical marijuana cards and have been charged and convicted for marijuana possession!   It is very painful to have to sit there and listen to the injustice these people have experienced - felony conviction, lost jobs, lost families, and much more all because they wanted to stop the pain in their bodies and had the legal right to do so. 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Dontbelieveit 

That is not a patent on Medical MJ which is really no different than regular MJ, that is a patent on the manufactured version.

It is illegal, even for the Govt. to patent a plant, however you can patent a product you make after manipulating that plant to make something else.

The real aspect to that is the humongous hypocrisy that the Govt shows with that patent and others, saying it has no medicinal value in it's natural/native form, yet does have value once it's been manipulated commercially.

Especially when as you know, there is ZERO proof to their addiction and toxicity claims.. quite the opposite in fact.

marcfriedmanaz
marcfriedmanaz

Marinol has no cbd, just THC. I use it and it does help with pain and nausea, but it is not a complete replacement for buds. My understanding is that the cbd's are necessary for controlling seizures.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@Flyer9753  

But Flyer, don't you know,

Republicans are on a mission from God. Just ask Cathi Herrod. It isn't them that don't want you to use pot, it's God who doesn't want you to use pot.

Religion-Decimating IQs for centuries.

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

@shadeaux14 @Flyer9753 Ah, where did God tell us not to use pot? Don't think it was biblical. Maybe divine revelation to Saint Monty?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@elmergantry71

You are right, the bible does not say that (btw - neither did Shadeaux).... Just the opposite in fact.

So why do the Republicans, who seem to equate everything they do to God, insist on keeping it illegal? 

I know the answer, I suspect you do as well.

Although God never spoke against Marijuana, many many republicans, like the ones he mentioned, try to claim that.


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