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article imageMan has house raided for giving liquid cannabis to sick toddler

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 31, 2014 in Health
Chief ACT minister Katy Gallagher turned a long-time writer into law enforcement for providing a toddler with cannabis oil needed to control her seizures. Gallagher has "no regrets" despite a wave of public hatred for her and her children.
Gallagher had talked with an unnamed Australian Capital Territory (ACT) citizen for some time about medical marijuana. According to reports from an Australian ABC affiliate she informed police about the man after he wrote her a letter explaining his illegal treatment of a two-year-old named Abbey was having a positive effect.
Five-year-old Abbey suffers from CDKL5, a disease which leads to neurodegeneration, seizures and a variety of other severe health problems. She was reportedly seeing improvement after her mother Cherie treated her with the oil. Australian citizens are now up in arms over the fact that she can no longer get this cannabis from her local supplier after the raid.
According to local law the man was performing an illegal operation by Australian laws. Authorities allow medical marijuana in some situations but only under strict regulations. It is also not widely available since laws on this also vary from region to region. Some bills would make medical marijuana legal across the entire country.
Not everyone is in favor of full legalization as the International Business Times reports. Critics cite addiction and other health concerns but do note that medical marijuana is useful even if the drug is not made fully legal.
Outrage from the public stems not from legality but from a belief that the man was doing something which was right. Gallagher herself mentions in the attached interview that she does hope medical marijuana receives approval later on. She mentioned some of her own loved ones could have used the drug had it been legal. She also mentions that a wave of hate has crossed into her media with comments such as "I hope your children die." Her Twitter does not show this but her Facebook abounds with hateful comments such as You shameless, self-absorbed woman. How dare you act like you support and care for children of this country after your actions
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