Despite some form of legalization in 25 states and Washington D.C., marijuana will remain ranked among the most dangerous drugs. The DEA announced that Thursday, refusing to recognize it has any medical benefits.
Glen Mayes loves his South Austin home. His son was born in his bedroom. But all of his possessions are in boxes. He says he must leave. “It’s hard to leave. It’s hard to think about leaving,” said Mayes.
He calls himself a medical refugee.
His son Orion was born with a rare brain condition. At his worst, he was having 8-10 seizures a day.
“I videotaped one of his seizures,” Mayes said with tears streaming down his face. “Seeing that video was one of the lowest points because I was completely helpless.” Mayes says to treat his son, doctors prescribed high dosages of tranquilizers which basically left him in a comatose state for days.
Then he tried cannabis oil. “We put it on our finger and we rub it on his gums. We have patches that we put inside of his ankle,” explained Mayes. He says it worked miracles.
In July, his family made the decision to move to Colorado.
Since Orion has had steady access to cannabis oil, Mayes says he’s had just two short seizures. “It’s amazing. His quality of life has changed. His whole demeanor is changed. I’ll get on Facetime and we’re actually interacting and it’s beautiful,” said Mayes.