By Steve Elliott
A mother who ignited a debate about parental rights when it comes to medical decisions when she chose medical marijuana over chemotherapy to treat her three-year-old son's cancer, has had to resume chemo treatments after state officials intervened.
Sierra Riddle recently moved to Colorado, where marijuana is legal, to help her son Landon in his struggle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) with cannabis oil and a strain of high-CBD medical marijuana, Charlotte's Web, which is grown in the state, reports Andrea Rael at The Huffington Post.
A case worker with Human Services started investigating her shortly after she began the medical marijuana treatments for her son, according to Riddle, after a local doctor turned her in for refusing the boy's chemotherapy treatments.
"They are not only forcing me to do something against my will as a parent; they are forcing me to make my child sick," Riddle told CBS4 News.
Landon's grandmother, Wendy Riddle, maintains a Facebook page called "Offer Hope for Landon" where she and the family post updates about the boy's treatment.
On Saturday, Wendy posted:
By Steve Elliott
A mother in Colorado says she's doing the best she can to help her three-year-old son fight cancer, but now a doctor may turn her in to the state because she's refusing chemotherapy treatments for the child and is instead using cannabis oil.
Landon Riddle was diagnosed with leukemia, according to his mother, Sierra, reports CBS Denver. After telling Sierra that her son had only a few days to live, doctors placed him on chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Sierra said those treatments helped reduce the tumors, but made her son very sick, including night terrors.
She decided to stop the chemotherapy and give Landon cannabis oil capsules. "I am willing to do whatever I have to do to make sure my child gets to live another day and gets to have that relief and have that quality of life that he deserves," Sierra said.
Under the cannabis oil treatments, Landon now looks healthier and is feeling much better. But in a letter posted online, Sierra wrote, "They want to take away my son because I am refusing chemo!"
She had seen a doctor the day before. "They do not see cannabis as a treatment for cancer," she said.
The cannabis oil Sierra gives Landon is a concentrate made from the marijuana plant, and doesn't contain the psychoactive ingredient, THC.