Children Involved In Marijuana-Related Calls To Oregon Poison Center

OREGON:  Eleven preschool-aged children were treated at Oregon healthcare facilities for marijuana ingestion in 2014, according to Oregon Poison Center data.

The previous year, seven children younger than 5 were treated at a healthcare facility after ingesting cannabis. In 2012, the number was 10.

The Oregon Poison Center, a statewide agency, does not track the types of marijuana ingested – whether the child ate a marijuana-infused edible or some other form of the drug — or the circumstances around the incident.

“These are small numbers,” said Dr. Zane Horowitz, medical director of the Oregon Poison Center as well as a medical toxicologist and an emergency room physician. “There are about 10 young children under the age of 5 per year, most likely inadvertently getting into marijuana that’s left unattended and unsecured.”


If You Needed Convincing That Marijuana Can Be Good For You, Meet This Young Boy

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.

Moms’ Marijuana-For-Kids Campaign Seeks To Quiet Epilepsy

UTAH:  April Sintz is fighting to loosen marijuana laws for her 7-year-old epileptic son. She is one of hundreds of moms nationwide who have opened a new front in the drive to expand the drug’s legal use.

While supplying pot to a child is bound to raise eyebrows, Sintz said early evidence on the marijuana extract cannabidiol, also known as CBD, suggests it’s a potent anticonvulsant, with few dangerous side effects. That could help save the life of her son, Isaac, who has 30 seizures or so a day and suffers with kidney damage from his present treatments, she said.

“We’re probably going to lose our son to his kidneys or his seizures,” said Sintz, who lives in South Jordan, Utah, near Salt Lake City, and whose son had his first seizure at 6 months old. “We can’t find a medication to safely control those seizures, which is why we’re so excited for this oil.”