This video from ReasonTV talks about medical Marijuana and minors.
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Drew Carey: We all want what’s best for our kids but when this disagreement about what is best, who should have the final say, parents or politicians? It has the kind of natural beauty that Golden State is famous for but life here is calmer at San Francisco to the north or Los Angeles to the South. With sunshine surfing in safe streets, California San Louis Obispo County is a good place to grow up. Owen Beck: While I was 17 in high school, just about to graduate. Drew Carey: Owen Beck played football and soccer first high school. Owen Beck: You know, it’s pretty oblivious to all the problems in the world until it happens then. I was playing soccer and it was really hurting one day when I was running so I just had to stop playing soccer and get an MRI. It was just medium-sized tumor just in the middle of my leg. Drew Carey: Doctors told Owen he had bone cancer. Debbie: I started crying. Drew Carey: Owen’s parents Debbie and Steve. Debbie: And then they said to Owen, the doctors said Owen is going to change his life. Owen: Actually at that time I was just concerned with getting through the next day. Drew Carey: The whole family’s calm, California life stopped and the Becks headed to Stanford Medical Center. Debbie: I was worried that he was going to die. Owen: 17 years old and your life just stopped. Drew Carey: Chemotherapy began right away and the chemicals attacked Owen’s hair follicles, stomach cells, and mouth. Owen: So I got bunch of mouth sores which is very painful. I couldn’t eat very much and then it destroys you appetite and then whatever you can eat you throw up. Drew Carey: And for all in the athlete, yet another blow. Doctors amputated his leg to try to stop cancer from spreading. Owen: When I woke from surgery, it felt like my leg was still there. Drew Carey: Owen was introduced to a bizarre new agony called phantom pain. Owen: It felt like someone had driven thousands of nails into where my leg would be. For the first three months after my surgery, I would just lay awake at night because I couldn’t go to sleep because it hurts a lot. Drew Carey: All the powerful medications available in drugstores seemed worthless. Debbie: We had a whole medicine cabinet in there full of pills that he took every single day and it did nothing. Drew Carey: Debbie and Steve searched for anything that would help Owen feel better. One option however, just wasn’t on the radar. Steve I really didn’t think of that in his situation because of his age. Drew Carey: A new kind of drugstore had recently come to the nearby city of Morro Bay. It offered medical marijuana. State government allows us for medical marijuana and local officials welcomed the new dispensary and its owner Charlie Lynch. Charlie Lynch: Before we even opened I had the mayor and the city council members all came by and toured the facility. Drew Carey: That’s the mayor shaking Lynch’s hand at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new dispensary helps spark discussion between Owen and his dad. Owen: I was just talking one day with my dad and we brought the subject of it. Steve: Owen is right. If that will work that’s what we’re going to do. Drew Carey: The Becks knew that many people think that it’s inappropriate to give medical marijuana to a minor. In fact, again and again, the local sheriff has made it clear that he doesn’t wasn’t medical marijuana dispensaries in his county. Sheriff: It is not in the best interest of a community that prides itself in providing a healthy family environment. Drew Carey: But the Becks weren’t concerned with what other people thought. They were focused on helping their son. Debbie: You’re going to do what you need to do to help your child. Drew Carey: So the Becks got a written doctor recommendation and headed to Lynch’s dispensary. Since Owen was 17, one of his parents would have to purchase the medical marijuana for him. Charlie Lynch: He came in with his father. He was looking really thin and sickly. That’s definitely a sad situation