Mother Rejects Chemo Treatment of Son, Opts for Marijuana Capsules
KREX News Room
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - One mother on the Front Range is defending her son's use of marijuana while he battles cancer.
A doctor is threatening legal action after Sierra Riddle, the mother of 3-year-old Landon, is refusing to treat her child with chemotherapy.
The 3-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia. Riddle says her son's initial chemotherapy treatments helped reduce the tumors but made her son sick.
Landon is given cannabis oil capsules, which is a concentrate from the marijuana plant but does not include the psychoactive ingredient THC.
Riddle says they pills bring her son relief and a quality of life he deserves.
So far, our Denver affiliate KCNC could not reach the specific doctor for comment.
However, a petition on change.org calls on the government, law enforcement and hospitals to recognize cannabis as a treatment for cancer.
Riddle says she didn't start it, but has signed it after she and her child moved to Colorado Springs to take advantage of the state’s marijuana laws.