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Mom decides to reverse marijuana treatment for son’s cancer after doctor’s threat

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A photo in Sierra Riddle's home showing her son Landon during chemo treatment and while taking medical marijuana.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sierra Riddle believed that medical marijuana would be a better treatment for her son, whose cancer is in remission, than the chemotherapy drugs he was taking.

Doctors disagreed and after the El Paso County Department of Human Services got involved and threatened legal action, Riddle said she is returning to the chemo drugs.

“I’m not going to gamble with his life,” Riddle told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “But at the same time, I don’t think we should poison his body if he doesn’t need it.”

Riddle said her son was diagnosed with leukemia last fall but that the cancer has gone into remission. Doctors prescribed an intensive regimen of chemotherapy for at least three years to prevent the disease from reappearing.

Riddle said her son, Landon, 3, would “vomit like 50 times a day. No pharmaceuticals could stop it.”

She found an alternative in cannibus and has been giving Landon four capsules a day. He had been taking almost 25 pills a day while on chemotherapy.

“Within three months, we all could see that chemo was killing Landon,” said Riddle.

She planned to continue the medical marijuana until a doctor at Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs reported her to human services.

Riddle said she had no choice but to put her son back on chemotherapy instead of taking the case to court.


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