5-year-old Mesa boy approved for medical marijuana card, state law may not allow it

MESA, AZ - Doctors approved a medical marijuana card for a 5-year-old Mesa boy to help with a genetic illness, but he might not be able to use it due to unclear state laws.

Five-year-old Zander Welton has cortical dysplasia, a genetic brain defect that leads to seizures. He underwent brain surgeries and attempted a number of medications without seeing any results.

As a last resort, his parents turned to an oil form of cannabis for a cure. The treatment was approved by two doctors and everything was set to go. That was until the Arizona Department of Health Services posted a blog indicating that the alternative form of marijuana that Zander was planning to use, may not be legal for dispensaries to sell.

The blog has Zander's family and those trying to help him at a complete loss. Representatives from the dispensary Harvest of Tempe who were hoping to help provide Zander with the alternative form of marijuana have put a halt to their efforts.

"It's hard for us to tell patients, 'Hey this is medicine, smoke it.' We would prefer to provide them alternative means of ingestion. To any extent that any ruling or any decision takes away from those options, it's frustrating for us," said attorney and Harvest of Tempe board member Steve White.

The Arizona Department of Health services issued the following statement in regards to the issue:

"We're developing guidance to clarify these issues for dispensaries. The guidance will provide clarity regarding extraction processes for mixing and/or preparing edibles and liquid suspensions from the dried flowers of the marijuana plant. We expect to have the guidance by mid-September."

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