Toddler is One of Youngest Medical Marijuana Patients in Montana

There are more than 28,000 medical marijuana card holders in Montana, and 51 of them are under the age of 18.

“When I see the number 51 and we’re in a state of a million people, that’s a fraction of a percentage, and even with the 28,000 people that are on the program, it’s still a fraction, not even one percent, so the number is really, really small. That’s one of the things that I think is one of the biggest misperceptions is that there’s a ton of kids that are out there that have cards that are in high school and junior high and that are buying this medical cannabis and giving it to their friends and that’s just simply not true,” Tayln Lang, director of the Missoula chapter of the Montana Medical Growers Association, said.

The Medical Marijuana Act says in order for children to get a card, they have to follow specific guidelines. It says they “shall issue a registry identification card to a minor if the custodial parent or legal guardian for the minor signs and submits a written statement that the minor’s physician has explained the potential risks and benefits of the medical use of marijuana; the custodial parent or legal consents to the medical use of marijuana by the minor; agrees to serve as the minor’s caregiver; and agrees to control the acquisition of marijuana and the dosage and frequency of the medical use of marijuana by the minor.”

One of the state’s youngest medical cannabis card holders is Cash Hyde, a 2 ½-year-old boy who battled a brain tumor and won.

Cash’s dad, Michael Hyde, says the drug helped Cash with his battle.

“I believe that, you know, Cash’s with us for a lot of reasons, one of them I would have to say is the power of prayer, one he’s a walking miracle and the other one is he is a patient of medical cannabis, which has I think greatly benefited his battle,” said Hyde.

Cash’s parents were there every step through his battle and watched as drugs prescribed by his doctors made him hallucinate and stop his heart. Cash’s dad says medical cannabis helped rebuild his organs that were damaged from the chemo, helped with his appetite and helped him sleep.

“I watched Cashy not be able to eat for over 40 days, live off nothing but fluid intravenously to the point where he couldn’t lift his head up off his pillow. I realized along the way in this journey that there is a quality of life that a lot of people do not have, and it’s because of the drugs that they’re given,” said Hyde.

With medical cannabis so new to many, some are worried of the affect it may have on young developing brains.
Brandee Tyree, the Missoula Underage Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, spends her days trying to keep kids away from marijuana.

“The THC will interfere with concentration, learning, problem solving, short term memory, all the things that kids need especially when they’re in school and trying to learn. When you have a child that’s high at school basically they’re not learning so everything they’ve learned at school is then forgotten because they were high,” said Tyree.

“Our coalition is designed to keep kids from using substances illegal or otherwise, alcohol obviously is illegal for kids but not for adults, we still don’t want kids using it. Marijuana we take the same stance, it’s a substance that’s hurtful for the brain during development, we believe it’s harmful for kids and in our opinion no we don’t think kids should be using marijuana,” she said.

Lang asks people to look into the issue before making a decision.

“I would tell people before they make a decision on this to really do their research and check the facts out,” said Lang.

“If you or someone you know has battled cancer, I don’t have to tell you how devastating it is to watch chemo and cancer consume your loved one and when you can actually watch something that you’re doing for them actually benefit them in a way that nobody else can do, you feel empowered you feel like you can make a difference,” said Hyde.

Another important fact caregivers emphasize is that children card holders are usually ingesting the drug, not smoking it.

They can eat it in baked goods like cookies, cakes or brownies, or they can take a pill or a liquid form of the medicine.

– Article from KBZK.com.

Comments

6 Comments

  1. Fuck you on

    your a dumb bitch you dont know shit,,the chirld are healthy so fuck that all that matters

  2. Dori Dempster on

    Health Canada has done nothing wrong in this case. The license is this:
    Authorization To Possess Dried Marijuana
    Qty: Possession: maximum at any time: #of g

    The license covers you up to that amount, not more than that amount so the card is still valid.

    The Production License is for a MAX number of plants. No one holds a gun to anyone’s head to say they must consume the full 10g per day or that they must plant 49 plants.

    Just because you have the tempting thought of selling your excess DOES not mean that the program has done you any wrong.

    If you and your Doctor decide again in 2 weeks to increase your dose back to “up to 10 grams per day” then you would need a new card again. This would be costly and a complete waste of time and resources that would also delay other applications from being processed in a timely manner.

    Keep working with your Doctor to understand your illness and the medicines you need to help yourself because that is the key to this entire mess of prohibition.

    peace

  3. Troy Campbell on

    I have to say the whole mmad is the problem recently me and my DR decided to lower my daily dose from 10g to 6g I sent in the papers right away as any responsible person should do but the mmad will only do a doseage decrease during a renewal so a person whos Dr says you only need half of what you are getting is then able for the remainder of the time if he is tempted by the lure of easy money to sell the excess marijuana he can still produce because HC doesnt want to do there jobs when they are expected to. So after reading articles where the rcmp are saying there are already medical marijuana patients selling there excess bud they are continuing a system that will allow these people a cover of having a licence that allows them this amount of plants,storage and personal possession . To me this is insanity because the conservatives want to lock people up for growing 5 plants or more but will let a medical patient keep a 50plant licence untill renewal time even if the Dr has decided after seeing how the patient is doing that he only needs 6g and 30plants anyone else see how stupid this is?

  4. Anonymous on

    the problem is with Health Canada NOT approving applications/ fast enough.

  5. Dori Dempster on

    All Canadians are eligible for Health Canada’s Medical Marijuana program, even the children!

    Go to Health Canada’s website and you will see that there is no restriction on age. If an eligible physician sign the paperwork and the patient (or parents) have filled in the rest of the spaces correctly the Minister must issue a license.

    This is wonderful to see and hear these parents coming forward to show the world that they love their child more than than the fear of persecution from the prohibitionist terrorists.

    The Drug War is ending as the world sees the difference that a plant can make.

    Spread the word! Legal use of cannabis as medicine is available to ALL Canadians. Talk to YOUR Doctor!

    peace

  6. Anonymous on

    Wow I never thought i’d see the day…….. Congrats America

    You’d never see a 2 1/2yr old get a med licence in Canada…..we prefer to make our children suffer here!