Landon Riddle is a little boy from Utah that had a very unfortunate part in his childhood. He was diagnosed with Leukemia; his lungs were full of tumors while his armpits and groins were swollen. The doctors predicted that the chances of him surviving the next 48 hours were 8-10%. Landon was immediately started on chemo.
His mother watched her little boy vomit up to 30-50 times a day, lost his appetite and at his worst he would go on a 25 day food strike.
But, in January 2013 new hope arose: “We discussed all of our concerns with his medical team in Utah and watched Landon continue to suffer and wither away as the piled on drug after drug,” Riddle said. “Then my mother came across cannabis oil online.” Because cannabis access in Utah was hardly available then, the family went to Colorado.
Landon started vomiting less – from 50 times a day to 10 times a day. “Our hearts were filled with joy that cannabis brought back the smile to Landon’s face,” his mom blogged. “Landon started getting better and better! It was as if a miracle had happened! He was smiling again and started to eat again!”
Sierra, Landon’s mother wasn’t charged for breaking the law, but she feels sorry for other parents who didn’t get the chance they got.
“It is atrocious that anyone on the planet would be charged for choosing cannabis over pharmaceuticals,” Riddle said. “My heart goes out to Adam Koessler and Rumor Rose, along with uncountable other families that are affected by cannabis prohibition.”
“Get ready for the fight of your life. Having a sick child is a battle in itself, but making this choice is a whole new world,” she said. “You’re going to need thick skin, intuition, and a solid team. Don’t waste time making sure every other pharmaceutical does more harm than good. If it feels wrong in your gut, it’s probably wrong.”
The cancer was put to remission, but Sierra still drives Landon from Utah to Colorado every month for a check-up. She wanted to help other parents by starting several projects. On her website people can find addresses John W. Hickenlooper, Michael F. Bennet, and Cory Gardner.