A mother of two from Gooding, Idaho, has lost the custody of her two children after doctors. This scenario came to be after she gave her daughter suffering from intense seizures a smoothie with a spoon of marijuana butter in order to relieve her.
Currently, Idaho has not legalized any type of marijuana consumption. Both medical and recreational use of the drug is still prohibited in the state, despite surrounding states like Oregon, Montana, and Washington have legalized one form of another of marijuana use, which facilitates Idaho residents in getting the drug.
Despite this fact, Kelsey Osborne, the mother in question, thought that giving marijuana butter to her young daughter would alleviate the intense seizures she was suffering from one day. The child was suffering from a withdrawal of the medication Risperdal, used to treat bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. When her seizures started, the mother left that the giving her marijuana would make them stop. She previously learned that the drug can help people in similar situations.
The child’s seizures stopped after 30 minutes and Osborne took her to the hospital where she tested positive for marijuana. Therefore, doctors called the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The mother was charged with a misdemeanor injury to a child to which she pleaded not guilty.
Osborne maintains that she did the right thing because she considered giving marijuana butter to her daughter was her last viable option in that situation. The DHW officials disagreed, stating the marijuana is illegal in the state no matter the alleviating circumstances. Additionally, even in states where the drug has been legalized, administering it to children is still very much prohibited. It can cause various brain development issues for a child.
The cannabidiol oil that is actually used for children does not have any trace of THC which contains all the psychoactive properties of the drug. The oil can be used to treat epilepsy in children but outside of official FDA programs, it is also illegal in Idaho.
A month after the incident, the mother is currently trying to regain custody of her kids. Currently, they are residing with their father.
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