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Donna Marie Sevilla
Health Reporter

A Vancouver-based company specializing in developing medical marijuana is proposing to develop strains for children requiring pain relief or other health needs.

Bio-pharmaceutical company MediJean announced their plans to release low tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, medical marijuana solutions for prescriptive consideration in cases that may involve children in April and May of next year.

MediJean obtained its research and developing license from Health Canada in late September and is waiting to obtain the full license before beginning the process.

More than 20 strains of marijuana for children will be coupled with other elements to help eliminate or reduce the psychoactive effects of THC, which provides the recreational high found in the street drug.

“It depends how it works with your body,” said Anton Mattadeen, MediJean’s chief strategy officer.

Children with severe cancer symptoms, for example, in countries such as the United States have had some alleviation of pain through such therapies as cannabis oil.

Marijuana “is effective when it comes to neuropathic pain,” said Mattadeen. “There’s been no overdoses or deaths, and safer than oxycodone (an opiate-based pain reliever).”

First-year Humber law clerk student Sherri Legere, 21, said she was unsure about medical marijuana when she heard it was being developed for children.

However, if the two choices were medical marijuana and oxycodone, Legere would choose medical marijuana for her two-year-old son, Lenox Pearl.

“As long as they’ve done what they consider the right amount of testing and they see that it is safe, then  it should be fine,” said Legere.

Legere said she knows people who have tried oxycodone and have had difficulties, as well as knowing people who find medical marijuana helps.

Humber’s Day Care Centre Director Bridget Woodcock said she’s concerned about the drug, but is glad the possibility of psychological side effects is being addressed.

She said the day care staff has no jurisdiction because medicine is a parent’s decision.

The daycare usually has more sick children during the winter months, but the staff has been administering fewer medications over the years because parents are looking for, “more natural holistic ways.”

If the teachers have to treat a child, Woodcock said that they only administer the dosage on the medication bottle or as the doctor prescribed.

“My concern is that is an adult is making a decision for a child,” said Woodcock.

Mattadeen, who is a parent himself, said every time a child has to go to emergency and the parent learns their child is sick, the parent is making a decision for their child.

Legere said, “In all cases, the parent has to make the decision for the child so at that point, the parent’s being held responsible for whatever happens to the kid, which sucks because it may affect them down the road.”

To read the original article, visit Humber Et Cetera online: Medical marijuana for children proposed.

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