Aaron Evans and his mom Jennifer have been fighting his brain cancer since 2015. That fight has turned into a battle with the politicians running Raleigh. Over the last couple of years, many a bill to legalize cannabis for cancer treatment has come into being, only to be buried straight away.
Worst of all, voters aren’t even getting a say. House Bill 185 suggested a referendum to let voters decide. It never got past the committee. The Charlotte Observer published Jennifer’s story.
“Pro-life” Republicans to blame says Jennifer
Jennifer says most of the medical cannabis bills were put forward by Democrats and blocked by Republicans. With Republicans running on a pro-life platform, Jennifer finds this extremely ironic. What, she asks, could be more pro-life than helping kids like her son with a cannabis cancer treatment?
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Cancer comeback prompts mom to turn to cannabis
Aaron was diagnosed with a grade three anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor just before he turned 14. He went through brain surgery twice. He went through radiation for a month, and he had chemotherapy for a year. The cancer was gone until last December when it reappeared.
To give him the best chance, Jennifer wants to let him try a medical cannabis for cancer treatment. So far, research in this direction is scanty. However, the website of the National Institutes for Health states that cancer cells have been killed by cannabis in lab-grown cultures. Even Aaron’s oncologist and neurosurgeon agreed on him trying cannabis, but the politicians of Raleigh stand in the way.
Cannabis for cancer treatment from Colorado
Jennifer wasn’t going to let politics stand in her way. She got Cannabis Oil all the way from Colorado for Aaron. Because she was not of the state, she couldn’t take advantage of the best protocol and dosage, but still, he is doing much better. He is in school for the first time in the last year. While Aaron battles with cancer, Jennifer battles politicians.
80% is a majority Mr. Speaker
Speaker Tim Moore told Jennifer it would take a lot of people in favor of medical marijuana to change lawmakers’ minds. A recent poll showed that 80% of people voting in North Carolina approve of medical marijuana. 73% of Republicans approved too.
Mr. Speaker, you might have to change your mind.
The politicians running Raleigh might have to shift their mindset, from standing for outdated taboos and stand with cancer moms such as Jennifer Evans. Compassionate access is not just an empty term invented by crazy weed activists who wants marijuana legal. It is a conviction of people who have empathy with other people.
Compassionate access shouldn’t be a political issue at all
Although cannabis isn’t a cure-all, it seems to help people with a wide range of ailments. We don’t yet know for sure if a cannabis for cancer treatment is a cure, but it can help cancer sufferers to be more comfortable. And if it does help to stop the growth and spread of tumors as some scientists believe it may, it could even save lives.
The issue we are looking at is not a political one, but one of basic human decency and compassion.