New Film Weediatrics Profiles Parents Trying To Get Cannabis For Their Sick Kids

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More than half the states in the U.S. have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, yet it remains illegal on the federal level. Traveling across state lines with cannabis is still a federal offense, and even in states where it’s permitted, parents who want to administer cannabis compounds to their children still run the risk of unwelcome interventions from Child Protective Services, simply because there are minors involved.

Weediatrics: A Covert Medical Mission, produced by OAKZ Media, is a forthcoming documentary that addresses issues such as these, featuring interviews with a number of health professionals and advocates as well as a range of families in different states across the country. Their goal? To finally end cannabis prohibition once and for all—for the sake of the children.

Weediatics Offers an Unflinching Look Into Parental Sacrifices

Weediatrics follows an underground group of moms and dads who are desperate to treat their sick kids, whether they’re suffering from cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other debilitating illnesses. When big pharma meds prove ineffective, and speech therapy and occupational therapy only go so far in treating the children, these parents turn to cannabis compounds, mainly CBD, to try to help their kids find some form of relief. But as the film clearly reveals, the hurdles still seem nearly impossible to overcome. Spoiler alert: one family in California was charged with “severe medical neglect” for treating their seven-year-old child’s epilepsy with CBD oil instead of heavy antipsychotic medication.

“The fact that the federal government is making us choose between breaking the law to help our child or watching them suffer is absurd,” cannabis educator Dr. Richard Temple says in the film. He continues to point out that the reason marijuana works is because it contains cannabinoids, just like the human …

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Author: Tanja M. Laden / High Times

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