5-Year-old boy receives medical marijuana for seizures

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy

MESA, Ariz.-- Arizona voters approved medical marijuana three years ago, and until now only adults have been able to use it.

Jennifer and Jacob Welton of Mesa, Ariz., were just approved to give marijuana to their fiver-year-old son Zander.

Zander has a genetic brain defect called cortical dysplasia that causes seizures and he has also been diagnosed with Autism. Jennifer and Jacob say it’s painful to watch their son have episodes.

“It’s so scary. It’s one of the worst things that a parent can ever go through,” Jennifer said.

Zander has had two brain surgeries and has undergone  shock therapy.

Zander’s dad received approval from Arizona for a medical marijuana card and will act as Zander’s caregiver by administering the marijuana through an edible oil.

Zander’s parents hope the marijuana treatment will improve his life.

Dr. Elaine Burns, medical director of the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center has the same sentiment.

“They have tried all types of conventional medication treatments and none of them have worked,” Burns said. “Second of all, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence for the use of cannabis with epilepsy.”

The Weltons want to see Zander enjoy the simplest pleasures of being a little boy.

“Play at the park and kick a soccer ball. He would be able to swing by himself. He would be able to do a lot of things. Take a bath. I mean those are all great things, things that we take for granted every day,” Jennifer said.

The oil costs about $300 a week and is not covered by insurance. The Weltons are reaching out to family and friends on Facebook for support and to raise money. Their Facebook fan page is called Zander Welton's Journey.