7-year-old gets medical marijuana to combat chemo

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A seven-year-old girl suffering from leukemia is one of Oregon's youngest medical marijuana patients.

Her mother says she gives her daughter marijuana pills to combat the effects of chemotherapy, but her father, who lives in North Dakota, worries about the effects of the drug on her brain development.

Mykayla Comstock was diagnosed with leukemia last spring.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/TcqSqW ) her mother treats her with a gram of cannabis oil daily.

Mykayla's mother credits the drug for the leukemia's remission.

The girl says the drug helps her eat and sleep but also makes her feel "funny."

Oregon law requires no monitoring of a child's medical marijuana use by a pediatrician.

The law instead invests authority in parents to decide the dosage, frequency and manner of a child's marijuana consumption.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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