Modesto, CA | Modesto parents stood up this week to fight for access to the medical marijuana that they use in the treatment of their epileptic children. On Monday evening the Modesto City Council opened a dialogue discussing restrictions for growing medical marijuana. Proposed rules would have restricted parents who have children from growing at home, as well as limiting medical marijuana gardens to secure indoor grows in single-family dwellings.
This posed some serious problems for families who depend on this medicine to treat their ailing children. The non-psychoactive CBD that parents extract from the plants is much cheaper to produce at home. Depending on stores and other caretakers can be costly.
Katharine Reynolds has an 18-month-old-son, Case, who suffers from a rare disorder called 5Q14.3 Microdeletion Syndrome. Her family depends on their CBD oil to reduce her son’s seizures hundreds of seizures per day, mitigate pain, maintain his quality of life. Reynolds told Fox News 40 that, “Abusing any drug is not right, but when you’re not abusing them and you’re using them to help your children, I think that’s a totally different thing.”
“He actually responds to our voice now, and he’s just much more at peace” – Katharine Reynolds
The Reynolds family doesn’t produce their own CBD oil, citing the difficulty in growing the medicine. Case’s father Mike Reynolds makes the hour-and-a-half drive to Oakland once a month to buy the medicine. Mike says, “If you would have seen him a year ago, he was a completely different kid.” For the Reynolds family, the drive over to Oakland is well worth it, but some parents want to be able to produce the medicine at home.
Mike Reynolds said Monday, “I get that there’s people abusing it, I get that there’s problems but at the same time, there are people that really don’t. I would say we’re probably the polar opposite of what you think about cannabis.”
Luckily, Modesto City Council declined the proposed ordinance citing families such as the Reynolds’ who would be adversely affected. Over 20 people attending the Monday night meeting to speak against the proposed restrictions.
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