Medical marijuana is legal in 20 US states, but while it’s legal, there are many use cases that are controversial, like medical marijuana for children. Some parents claim it’s a wonder drug for epilepsy, severe autism, and even to quell the harsh side effects of chemotherapy, while others publicly denounce the use of pumping weed into still growing bodies.
In this documentary, vice goes to Pendleton, Oregon, to meet Mykayla Comstock, an eight year old girl who has leukemia, and like many others, she is pumping her body with mass amounts of weed to treat her illness. In 2012, her parents were told she had a mass in her chest, her oncologist said the chemotherapy wasn’t working the way it’s supposed to, and they were going to recommend Mykayla start full body radiation and a bone marrow transplant. But her parents knew that wasn’t necessary and what they were going to do would be right. That same day, Mykayla had her first dose of cannabis oil, six days later, it was in full remission.
Her family, and many people we met along the way, believe not only in the palliative aspects of the drug, but also in marijuana’s curative effect—that pot can literally shrink tumors.