Not all political conservatives and Christians are buying into the reactionary drivel emanating from the White House. This is especially true for mothers of special needs children who tend to fight like hell for what they know is best for their babies. And they don’t tolerate ignorance.
A group of moms in Texas are on the warpath to combat the blatant lies of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recently had the gall to compare weed to heroin.
Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA) is fighting for the “legalization of therapeutic cannabis” and they’ve got science behind them
MAMMA, a grassroots parent advocacy group, is seeking the legalization of medical marijuana with autism as a qualifying condition.
Their #cannabis4autism campaign aims to change state laws so that “our children with autism can have access to this healing plant under a doctor’s guidance.”
In a Vice feature about the group, one of MAMMA’s co-founders and current executive director, AmyLou Fawell, estimated that hundreds of parents in Texas are using MMJ after having little to no success with prescription drugs for their autistic children.
Fawell said MAMMA’s decision to advocate for medical marijuana “goes a long way” in a traditionally conservative state like Texas, where current MMJ laws are too restrictive to help those in need, by capping oils at low THC counts and allowing it to be used only for severe epilepsy.
Meanwhile, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, 75 percent of Texans support marijuana law reform.
As far as Fawell is concerned, pushing for the loosening of Texas’ MMJ restrictions actually makes total sense as a creationist.
“If God made it and our bodies need it, then that is the Christian argument,” she told Vice, regardless what Jeff Sessions and other Republicans are saying.
MAMMA, founded in 2014, addresses the “growing epidemic of autism with therapeutic cannabis” as it pushes for a future in which families and caregivers of those with autism spectrum disorder can safely and legally have access to organically grown medical cannabis.
In the years since its inception, MAMMA has expanded to include additional chapters in Georgia, Illinois and Arizona.
The group will likely grow more, inviting other states to join them.
Message To Jeff Sessions
Get with the program, for the love of God. Read a book, read a science report, read something. Don’t get MAMMAS any angrier or frustrated than they already are.
How Does Cannabis Help Autism?
MAMMA’s website explains: Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a set of complex neuro-developmental disorders defined behaviorally by impaired social interaction, delayed and disordered language, repetitive or stereotypic behavior, and a restricted range of interests. Many individuals with ASDs have symptoms of associated medical conditions, including seizures, sleep problems, metabolic conditions, and gastro-intestinal (GI) disorders, which have significant health, developmental, social, and educational impacts. How can medical cannabis help a complex problem like autism? The key seems to be our endocannabinoid system—the master regulatory system in our body.
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