Pubdate: Mon, 22 Feb 2016
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)
Copyright: 2016 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc
Author: Maria Belkadi


My son, Marksen, 7, was diagnosed with autism at age 2. He has always 
had difficulty with behavioral issues, but his condition has worsened 
greatly in the past year: He has become violent toward himself and 
others, especially his family.

Marksen has been to the hospital at least 50 times in the last year- 
to the emergency room, gastrointestinal doctors, and an autism 
specialist. We've tried various medications, with numerous side 
effects and little relief. He suffers daily. What are we to do?

Medical marijuana seems to be our only hope. We live within three 
hours of Delaware, where medical marijuana is legal. Should we be 
forced to move to a state where we have no family, no roots, no 
support, because our state refuses to take action? Whom do the state 
legislators who oppose legalizing medical marijuana work for really - 
the pharmaceutical companies?

We cannot stand idly by while these so-called representatives of the 
people fight families like ours at every turn for a medicine that 
will change lives.

Maria Belkadi, Mount Carmel, Pa.,  ---
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