MESA, Arizona (KPNX) – A five year-old boy from Mesa, Arizona has been issued a medical marijuana card.
A Mesa family plans to give medical marijuana to their 5-year-old son to treat his seizures caused by a genetic brain defect.
Zander Welton suffers from seizures caused by a genetic birth defect.
He had his first seizure when he was 9-months-old and now has them weekly.
His parents say the condition, coupled with autism, keeps the 5-year-old from communicating.
After hearing how marijuana has helped other disabled kids, Jacob and Jennifer Welton applied for the card.
The Weltons hope to start giving their son the marijuana oil drops by next week, using a syringe to pinpoint the exact dosage that works.
“If this finally works for Zander and I finally get to meet who he is, that would be amazing. Because I don’t know who he is. He’s just a little boy that’s trapped in this craziness,” Jennifer Welton said.
Little Zander has undergone two brain surgeries, a third surgery for shock therapy and has been administered a series of trial and error prescription drugs.
So far none of the treatments have significantly improved Zander’s health.
For medical marijuana treatments, the Weltons needed two doctors to sign off on it.
Jennifer and Jacob Welton also needed approval for a medical marijuana caregiver’s card.
The couple connected with a naturopathic doctor and started the process to administer legal pot, learning Tuesday that their applications have been approved.
Medical marijuana isn’t covered by insurance, however. The state currently picks up the $5,000 a month tab for Zander’s prescriptions.
The CBD oil will cost about $300 a week out-of-pocket.