Should a 7-year-old cancer patient be treated with medical marijuana?

Mykayla Comstock's leukemia is in remission, and her mother thinks it's the cannabis that's saving her daughter

A 7-year-old Oregon girl takes medical marijuana in pill form to help combat the effects of her chemotherapy.
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Mykayla Comstock is one of 2,201 cancer patients authorized by the state of Oregon to use medical marijuana. Unlike most of those people, Mykayla is a child. The marijuana that 7-year-old Mykayla takes in capsule form, with the help of her mom, eases the effects of the chemotherapy that combats her aggressive leukemia. While the little girl admits the drug makes her "feel funny," it also helps her sleep through the night and stomach meals. But critics, including the girl's father, who lives in North Dakota, are quick to point out that the grade-schooler is still developing and that the possible negative effects of the drug on such a young person are unknown. Could the marijuana be doing more harm than good? Here, a closer look at Mykayla's story:

Is it really legal for a kid to use marijuana?

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