What if medical marijuana works?

During the recent legislative session, when lawmakers were wrestling with whether to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, Gov. Mark Dayton suggested to Jessica Hauser that if she wanted to help her 2-year-old son, Wyatt, with his 200 epileptic seizures a day, she just buy marijuana illegally. It wasn’t a very helpful solution, of course.

Whatever happened to Jessica and her son?

The Woodbury Bulletin reports they went to Oregon, the only state where non-residents access to medical marijuana treatment.

She reports that it seems to be working, the paper says, and now the family has a decision to make.

If medical marijuana indeed proves to be a solution for Wyatt, Jessica and Jeremy will have to decide whether to wait the year for Minnesota’s program to begin or to pick up the family and move to Oregon, where treatments could begin immediately.

“You’d do anything to help,” Jessica said. “You’d travel across the state – or the country.”

The Hausers won’t be able to legally bring back any of the medicine to Minnesota, though treatment would beckon in Oregon without legal consequences.

Hanging in the balance is Wyatt, who is already lagging behind due to the seizures; the 2-year-old currently has the cognitive faculties of a 7-month-old, while his motor skills allow him to crawl, but not yet walk on his own.

The boy’s treatment has reduced seizures by about 75 percent, his mother reports.

She’s providing a daily update of the experiment on her blog.

Related: Falling down the rabbit hole: Teen talks about living with epilepsy (Rochester Post Bulletin).

Marijuana drug trafficking: Colorado’s pot crosses border to surrounding states (CBS News).

  • KTN

    Of course it works, anecdotal evidence is not always wrong.

    Will it be effective for everyone, nope, but no drug has that kind of efficacy, but notwithstanding, the shallow excuses to continue the prohibition are falling away. Maybe not in time to help this family (in Minnesota at least), but these stories need to be told.

    • John

      Anecdotal evidence, while not always wrong, is always insufficient to convince the FDA that something is effective and safe for use.

      I don’t know if it should be legal or not. I do think it should be reclassified, and given the chance to go through rigorous testing (something that isn’t allowed now), so that its efficacy can be proven one way or the other.

      I’ve been watching this debate for a long time, and what makes it different this time around is that instead of a bunch of stoners claiming it’s good for medicating various ailments (which no one believed they meant), it’s more of a mainstream crowd calling for legalization. There’s a great deal more credibility of the people calling for legalization than I’ve seen in the past, and I’m glad to see it.

  • joetron2030

    I’d move to OR if I was this family.