Seven Year-Old Medical Marijuana Patient Being Torn Between Parents

Mykayla Comstock

By Dawn Cranfield

Seven Year-Old Medical Marijuana Patient Being Torn Between Parents

Mykayla Comstock of Oregon is one of the state’s youngest medical marijuana patients.  At seven, Mykayla is one of 52 qualifying children with a medical marijuana card there.

The little girl was diagnosed with leukemia last spring, but her disease is now in remission.

Mykayla’s mother, Erin Purchase, 25, a medical marijuana patient herself, administers up to a gram of cannabis a day to the girl; that is the equivalent of smoking ten marijuana cigarettes, or joints.  The child takes a pill form of the drug, cannabis oil, and is sometimes given cannabis laced food.

Erin Purchase’s boyfriend grows the cannabis that supplies Mykayla.

My first reaction to this story was one of empathy for the little girl, for all she must be going through with her disease and her pain.  I felt sympathetic towards the mother, I could not imagine what she was going through as she watched her daughter suffering; first through the symptoms of the disease, then from the side-effects of the poison coursing through her veins.

However, as I began to research the story, another side began to unfold and I had to reserve my compassion.  Mykayla’s father came for a visit with his daughter and was not so enamored with the idea that his child, nay, his seven year old child, was taking cannabis for a disease he states is not terminal.

Jesse Comstock, Mykayla’s father, who lives in North Dakota, came for a visit and claims his daughter was “stoned out of her mind”.  (  He states she simply wanted to lay around and play video games all day.  Comstock is concerned the pot use will inhibit his daughter’s intellectual growth as she ages.

After observing her strange behavior in August, he took Mykayla to a lab to be tested; the tests resulted in positive levels of THC for a daily adult marijuana habit.  Police in the area have contacted the mother and reviewed her medical marijuana paperwork to determine it is in order.

Still, Jesse Comstock is not satisfied; he believes the damage being done to Mykayla is far reaching, “She’s not terminally ill,” Comstock said. “She is going to get over this, and with all this pot, they are going to hinder her brain growth.”  “It’s going to limit her options in life because of the decisions her mother has made for her.” he added.  (

Mykayla’s mother disagrees; Erin Purchase she thinks it safe, even claiming to have used it while breastfeeding and during her second pregnancy.

I am torn; I believe there are great benefits to using medical marijuana in some circumstances; however, if Mykayla is in remission, then how severe are her symptoms?  And, how much is too much? And, how young is too young?

My absolute judgments are reserved, we can never know all of the details of the story; especially when dealing with divorced or separated parents, there is a reason they are no longer together.

Still, should there be an age limit, especially if the patient is not terminal?  Medical marijuana is still in the embryonic stages of our using it for good, there are so many unanswered questions, and so many more to come.


10 Responses to "Seven Year-Old Medical Marijuana Patient Being Torn Between Parents"

  1. John   July 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Legalize pot, but this medical marijuana b.s. is stupid… Look what this misinformed mother is doing as a result.

  2. Wallace Donegan   June 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    just like somebody else already said one gram does not make 10 joints

  3. Brenda Warhop   June 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Can understand both sides. But I do know the pill form sure helped my mom after several weeks in the Hosp she was weak, couldn’t hard eat, had lost between 20-30 lbs & was down to 86 lbs when my cousin told me about it being in pill form & helped her mom be able to eat again. I talked to moms Dr. & he decided it was worth a try. It worked where she could eat a little at a time & keep it down. Kept her on it while in rehab too & after 2 more weeks I got to bring her home. Kept her on it about a yr while she was getting stronger & gained back 10 lbs. She lived 3 more yrs & was 86 when her heart gave out but even she believed without its help she would have died in 2009 instead.

  4. eyes wide open   May 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    not only will cannibis redo how we treat cancer but the income from it will help a starving nation and save lifes that are los in the drug war. NIH NIC and johns hopkins all have studies posted in their files the effects of cannabis. It’s buried but not hidden. johns hopkins even tested a sample from rick simpson (phoenix and praised it as a wonder healing compound. even the bible lists cannabis as one of the main healing herbs used in jesus healing ointment. when will people realize we are being lied to just to protect big pharm from losing profits. schedule 1 drug but even big pharm is trying to pat. a thc based cancer cure drug. f the whole system.

  5. Hunter   May 17, 2013 at 12:46 am

    since when does 1 gram 10 ‘marijuana cigarettes’ ?? LMAO

    so many people try to demonize marijuana and don’t know a god damned thing about it… it’s disgusting. you are filthy people.

    • Hunter   May 17, 2013 at 12:48 am


      1 gram = 10 ‘marijuana cigarettes’

      sorry was too SUPER TUBULAR STONNEDD MANNNNN off of my 1 gram! i must have rolled like 200 marijuana cigarettes with my 1 gram!! im off the wall bros!

  6. lauramarieblankenship   April 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    stoned or not… the study below (albeit dated) shows that tumor growth was drastically reduced by oral administration of delta9-THC, delta8-THC, and cannabinol and that life expectancy was increased!!! So, sounds like the miraculous fact that this little girl girl is “going to get over it [LEUKEMIA]” might be due to that stuff that’s allegedly hindering her…

  7. carl buck   April 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Love the article enlightens even the most ignorant of minds to the true healing power of cannabis. To much of anything is dangerous drink to much water and you will drown. The fact that they got her leukemia into remission without using several narcotics and radiation with just one natural remedy brings hope to people all around the world to treat and possibly cure CANCER this is awesome news for the little girl and every human.

  8. Hilary Sheffler Howard   November 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    And what? Morphine, hydrocodone with acetaminophen, codeine, oxycodone, man made pharmaceuticals are harmless to brain development? She has had her body PUMPED with chemicals designed by man and her father doesn’t worry about that? If she is in remission, I can understand the father’s concern about getting her toward a new life of drug-free living but to say that marijuana is harming her brain development after everything else she has been exposed to to get her to remission is ludicrous. Just because a doctor prescribes it does not make it safe. Everything serves a purpose, yes but I think marijuana as a treatment is the least of this man’s worries.

    • dawn7   November 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      I have no doubt about what you are saying regarding man-made chemicals; I concur. Chemotherapy is a poison that does not know the difference between killing off good cells versus bad.

      I believe the father has a right to co-parent his child, presuming he was not found to be unfit.

      However, as I stated in my article, there is no way for us to know all sides of the side; his, hers, and the sliver of truth that lies somewhere in between.

      Thank you for your obviously heartfelt comments.



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