It’s almost a unanimous decision for every parent to do everything in their power to save their kids from suffering, let alone prevent it whether it’s mental, physical or emotional. But what happens when a parent exhausts all efforts to save their kids just to be punished for it? In this article, we talk about a father, Stephan Taylor, giving his two daughters medical marijuana to help them with their illnesses, and due to the limits of its legality, he might be facing jail time.
What Is the Current Status on the Legalization of Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana has long been a controversial topic not only in America but countries all over the world. The plant contains chemicals that can help treat a range of illnesses and symptoms, which is why many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes. If you want to know how you can use medical marijuana strains to heal any kind of pain.
Unfortunately, researchers still need to conduct large-scale clinical trials that prove the benefits of the marijuana plant outweigh its risks in patients.
With this long process comes a sincere cry for access to the medication. In the US, there are two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Presently, there are 29 states & DC that have legalized the use of the marijuana plant for medical purposes under strict limits.
Since Stephen Taylor’s family currently lives in Australia, you should also know that Australians also have very limited legal access to its use. A rigorous process is involved that requires a letter from a general practitioner (GP) and an importation permit from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Katoomba-based general practitioner Dr. Teresa Towpik said, “There’s a lot of paperwork involved, so it’s not as easy as it sounds. [Also], not all GPs would feel comfortable prescribing it.”
Father Seeks Help for His Two Daughters Suffering from Crohn’s Disease
Stephen Taylor, the father to Morgan, 21 and Ariel, 25, knows this complicated process all too well after finding out that no doctor was willing to go through the lengthy TGA application to help his daughters who suffer from Crohn’s, a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract.
Morgan who has repeatedly been hospitalized because of her disease said, “I kind of say that I’m not living anymore, I’m just surviving and that’s what’s really hard.” She goes into further detail about the side effects of her other prescribed medications.
She said, “I got really bad arthritis… my knees were swollen, and I couldn’t walk some days. [Also], I had a severe reaction to another drug called Infliximab, my throat started closing up, I was having anaphylaxis reaction, my face was swelling up, I was getting a rash. That was very serious.”
Even worse, Morgan nearly died from hemorrhaging. She said, “I was so sick I wasn’t able to eat… I was in constant pain.” At one point, she described, “The doctors were preparing [my parents] when I was going through the surgery [to remove my colon], the fact that I could die.”
Treating Crohn’s Symptoms With Marijuana Juice
Anyone who reads Morgan’s testimony could sympathize with her and her sister that they aren’t going through an easy journey. How much more difficult must it have been for their father who had to carry Morgan into the hospital a number of times weighing only 32 kilograms (70 pounds) and crying as he did it. He said, “no parents should have to do this. At any stage.”
That’s when he looked into medical marijuana. He started giving his daughters cannabis juice and saw remarkable results. Morgan’s weight got up to 50 kilos (110 pounds) within a month even with exercise. Mr. Taylor said, “Morgan, I honestly believe, went into remission.” Morgan concurred that she felt incredible.
Use of Marijuana Juice for Medical Purposes Could End in Jail Time
But of course, there are legal restrictions surrounding possession of the marijuana plant. Mr. Taylor allegedly had 107 plants when he was raided by the police. He explained, “the ideal juicing is 30ml, 3 times a day: 2 girls, 180mls a day. That’s a lot of plant material.”
He doesn’t understand why the government is making it so difficult. He told ABC News, “I think it’s just wrong the way the government has set this up, that we cannot access this amazing plant. Unfortunately, there are so many parents getting arrested for it,” him now being one of them.
For now, Morgan waits for medical help and her father’s court case (no mention of the exact date). She said, “I don’t really have many options left because a lot of the medications I’ve tried haven’t worked for me, they’ve come with very serious side-effects. So, it’s pretty scary to think about long-term and how I’m going to manage my disease.”
Access to Medical Marijuana in Australia, American, Canada, and the UK
As we’ve mentioned, there are strict restrictions in place regarding prescriptions of medical marijuana no matter where you are in the world.For more information regarding regulations and access, visit the following websites:
- Australia: https://www.tga.gov.au/medicinal-cannabis-products-overview-regulation
- America: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/medical_marijuana_access_in_the_usa
- Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-use-marijuana/procedures-accessing-cannabis-medical-purposes-licensed-producer.html
- United Kingdom: https://medicalmarijuana.co.uk/legal/uk-medical-cannabis-guidelines/
Whether you are for or against medical marijuana, it’s safe to say that Stephen Taylor did what he could to relieve his daughters from the physical pain they were experiencing, even if it took what’s currently an illegal medication to do it. Let us know what you think about this story and if you can relate to the kind of love that Mr. Taylor showed towards his family.