Parents May Lose Custody of Toddler with Cancer For Rejecting Chemo for Cannabis

A Florida couple may lose custody of their son after opting to treat the toddler’s cancer with cannabis instead of chemotherapy. Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball of Hillsborough, Florida appeared in court in Tampa on Tuesday to oppose the state’s efforts to force the parents to take their 3-year-old son Noah McAdams to the hospital for treatment that doctors say is medically necessary to save the boy’s life.

Last month, Noah was diagnosed with cancer of the blood and bone marrow known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Noah received two chemotherapy treatments at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg before his parents decided to turn to medical cannabis, vitamins, and a strict diet instead.

“We just want one of the therapies less drastic than chemotherapy,” said Bland-Ball.  “I want my son home and for him to be treated with a treatment that is not going to damage his little body so much.” 

Parents Flee with Son

When the family failed to attend the next scheduled appointment at All Children’s Hospital, the Department of Families and Children filed a motion to have Noah treated according to the recommendations of oncologists and received a court order to take the boy into

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