It’s hard to figure out without reading the whole blog, so I decided to try to regularly update our current agenda. Basically this is to answer the question, “what do you want?”
- We want Alex on cannabis in his group home (partially achieved!)
- We want to expose others to how much pain prohibition has caused a completely innocent child
We want Alex’s group home to give him the one medicine that has shown great promise.
- We want him off every other medication if possible.
- We want to see if cannabis can manage his seizures, high blood pressure, and behaviors without need for other, toxic medications.
- The pie-in-the-sky dream would be to see Alex back home, at least for a little while. I don’t dare hope that we could actually care for him long-term again, but it would be incredible if marijuana could stabilize him enough to have him stay with us on weekends or something.
The group homes we’ve dealt with simply can’t talk about this. Why? They get federal funding. From their perspective, it’s as simple as keeping their doors open or not. Federal prohibition has to end before they can do much here. However, now that Alex lives so close to us (~10 minutes with traffic), we’re doing what we can to dose him daily — and not just once, but twice.
Prohibition is an utter failure. It’s a debate of science vs. ignorance. For us, it has meant that we don’t know how to get the right dose, what kind of dosing would work best, what strains could be better for Alex, etc. Basically, prohibition of cannabis has taken away a very good option for Alex’s medication choices.
In any elections in your area where marijuana initiatives are on the ballot, vote wisely — marijuana is one of the safest medications we have, and education is the most powerful weapon we have. I for one have decided to look at every politician’s drug policy stance as my number one issue prior to voting. Other issues are important to me, but none so much as ending the drug war.