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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Medical marijuana restrictions could soon be expanded to give access to more Minnesotans.
There was an opportunity this summer for people to request new conditions be added to the Minnesota Medical Cannabis program. Research was done and on Tuesday afternoon, families who want access for their children had the chance to give testimony before the New Condition Review Panel.
Several of them were parents of children with autism.
“He fractured my jaw, dislocated his father’s arm, he’s attacking us on a daily basis,” Victoria Grancarich said of her son. “This is what life was like for us before medical cannabis.”
Katie Kennedy is also the mother of a son with autism.
“I think it should be a doctor’s choice,” Kennedy said. “I think we need some more doctors that learn about medical marijuana, for sure, for children.”
Kennedy and Grancarich both want to see autism added to the Minnesota Medical Cannabis program.
They say because their kids have “dual diagnoses” — Grancarich’s son also has a seizure disorder and Kennedy’s son has turrets syndrome — their kids were able to qualify for medical cannabis. They say it has helped treat both their kids’ conditions.
“He was punching himself in the head 3,000 times a day, lots of skull fractures, and then we were offered this medication that’s safe and non-addictive,” said Grancarich. “And not only has it stopped the self injury completely and the aggression, but he’s now starting to speak.”
“His anxiety levels have dramatically decreased; his desire to connect with other humans has dramatically increased,” said Kennedy.
The two mothers were among dozens of other parents at the state Capitol on Tuesday afternoon, sharing stories of how medical cannabis is a tool that could improve their children’s