Why Does My Child Have To Smoke His Medical Marijuana?

Liam McKnight is six years old and suffers from severe epilepsy. He tried 10 anti-epileptic medications and a special diet before his mother got him a prescription for medical marijuana.

“Since starting cannabis he has seen a 99 per cent reduction in his seizures, going from 60 plus seizures a day, to sometimes none or maybe one seizure a day,” Mandy McKnight says. Marijuana is believed to help control some forms of epilepsy.

But there’s a problem.

McKnight is breaking the law by giving her son his marijuana in the form of an extract. Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, which came into place on April 1 this year, only the dried form of marijuana that is smoked or vaporized is legal.

In a new feature on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics that invites Canadians to send in questions for decision-makers, McKnight asked the federal government to explain the law.

“Why won’t the government of Canada allow Liam to have access to his medication in a form of delivery suitable for a six-year old? Why does our six-year old son have to smoke cannabis?” McKnight said in a video sent in to Power & Politics’ My QP.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.



  1. Low Rider on

    Make the punishment and suffering stop. It starts with censorship.

  2. Microgrow on

    Kids suffering from all kinds of disabilities are many of the numerous reasons why medical marijuana should be legalized throughout north america!