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This mom is doing something illegal to treat her sick child

Cannabis That Changes Lives [AJ+ video]

THIS MOM ISN’T FOLLOWING THE RULES.

In cases when health is at risk, disobedience. I am not afraid because I believe I’m fighting for something fair. My son’s health. [Melina Alvarez]

MELINA ALVAREZ GROWS AND MAKES CANNABIS OIL, IN HER OWN HOUSE IN MEXICO CITY, TO TREAT HER SON.

Diego has a diagnosis of epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy. [Melina Alvarez]

THE MEXICAN LAW ONLY ALLOWS POSSESSION OF 4.5 GRAMS OF CANNABIS FOR PERSONAL USE. HAVING MORE THAN THAT QUANTITY IS PROHIBITED AND CONSIDERED DRUG DEALING. STUDIES SHOW THAT MARIJUANA HAS POSSIBLE BENEFITS FOR A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS INCLUDING EPILEPSY.

I have decided to give it a try. My son is 10 years old and has been on medication since he was one and a half. [Melina Alvarez]

SHE STARTED GIVING HIM THE OIL IN 2014. DIEGO HAS SINCE BEEN ABLE TO STOP TAKING THREE TYPES OF MEDICINE. HE NO LONGER HAS CONVULSIONS AND HE IS DOING BETTER IN SCHOOL.

Diego has always had motor disability, especially regarding the fine motor skills. I mean, he is unable to make little toys using sticks and pellets. Now he tries to write his name, he is interested in knowing what a sigh says. It’s is frustrating to see that when you find something so good, it is persecuted by the state. If there are moms, if there are people doing this illegally, it is because our health system doesnt offer us other alternatives. [Melina Alvarez]

SHE DECIDED TO TAKE MATTERS INTO HER OWN HANDS, PRODUCING THE MEDICINE HER SON NEEDS. SHE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE OIL ON THE INTERNET AND SHE ONLY USES PLANTS SHE GROWS.

It gives me a sense of security, knowing that a plant is OK, that it doesn’t have any chemicals. [Melina Alvarez]

TO IMPROVE HER TECHNIQUE AND MEET PEOPLE LIKE HER, MELINA ATTENDED A WORKSHOP WHERE ACTIVISTS TEACH THE USE OF CANNABIS FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES.

The people who attend this kind of workshop are the people who are tired of waiting — for the answers from the doctors, the answer from the politicians, the answer from the health authorities. [Nico Malazartes – Activist and
Educator]

IN JANUARY 2017, MEXICO CITY APPROVED USE OF MARIJUANA FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES. BUT THE BILL WILL ONLY COME INTO EFFECT WHEN A FEDERAL LAW IS APPROVED.

I think medicinal cannabis should be legalized, but also self-cultivated. Because what good is it that it’s legalized if they want to sell it to us? [Melina Alvarez]

Source: AJ+

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