A young Idaho mother has lost custody of her three-year-old daughter after giving her marijuana smoothies – the only thing that seemed to help her daughter’s seizures.
The 23-year-old, Kelsey Osbourne, says using marijuana on her three year old was a last resort, as all of the other medication given to her wouldn’t stop the violent seizures she suffered.
Osbourne reports that her daughter Madyson’s seizures were so bad that she was often vomiting and hallucinating. During the month of October, the episodes only seemed to get worse and Osbourne was desperate.
The little girl was detoxing off of anti-psychotics which were given to her to relieve her seizure symptoms, however it was clear they weren’t working as they should.
Marijuana is fully illegal in the state of Idaho, where Osbourne lives with her two children, however in some areas those who have children with epilepsy can are allowed to take cannabis oil. Unable to get ahold of any, Osbourne created her own marijuana butter to give to the child.
On October 5, little Madyson tested positive for marijuana at her doctor’s office and both she and her 2-year-old brother Ryker were removed from Osbourne’s care. They now live with her ex where Obsourne is allowed supervised visits.
Doctors, however, say the issue isn’t that Osbourne gave her child marijuana, but that she gave her child recreational marijuana. Recreational marijuana contains THC, which can be dangerous to a child’s development.
Tom Shanahan of the Department of Health and Welfare stated of the incident:
“The [cannabis oil] they use for epilepsy doesn’t have THC, it doesn’t appear to have any kind of brain development issues. Recreational marijuana does cause that so it’s not safe for these children.”
Obsourne, however, does not have access to the medicated version which doesn’t contain THC because medicated marijuana is still illegal in the state of Idaho.
While she currently faces charges of child abuse, she is going to fight for her rights and the custody of her children.
“It’s something that I’m going to fight for and I’m not going to give up until I have them back home where they have been begging me to be. I’m not going to stop. I won’t stop. If it takes me two years, then it’s going to take me two years.”