OREGON: It’s been a good month for marijuana legalization in America. Earlier this month, voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia approved the use of recreational pot, while Colorado and Washington have already successfully demonstrated the economic benefits of legal weed.
But if you want to see how laxer marijuana regulations benefit people at the individual level, look no further than the story of Forrest Smelser, a 9-year-old boy in Oregon suffering from epilepsy. Since he was diagnosed about a year ago, Forrest’s condition worsened to the point that he would sometimes seize every 15 minutes, and the anti-seizure drug Trileptal made him suicidal.
Desperate, Forrest’s family decided to try an unconventional treatment: medical cannabis. And the results were remarkable. “I have my son again. He’s not this fog of a child. He’s not this angry child. He’s my child exactly,” Tanesha Smelser, Forrest’s mother, told KOMO News.
Forrest has now been seizure-free for nine weeks and feels much better. “Now that I’m on this medication, I feel like a normal boy,” he said.