The Patients’ Story – Isaiah




Isaiah wasn’t quite three when his young refugee parents brought him to Mark Pedersen’s home.  They were Nebraska natives. Like so many others, they were in hopes that what they had seen on television might be true for their son, too.

Isaiah had suffered multiple kinds of seizures for most of his life.  When he was only six months old, a family member with herpes simplex virus kissed him on the mouth.  Encephalitis quickly set in.  Over the following years, adult doses of seizure drugs only exacerbated his convulsions.  The parents knew they had to do something…anything, to stop their child’s seizures.  Cannabis was their last and only hope.

Entering Pedersen’s home, it was all the young father could do to carry his flailing son into his living room and sit down. Isaiah was in full seizure. They sat and talked for a little while, assuring the couple that Cannabis posed no hazard for their young child.
The mom asked if she could administer a pediatric dose sublingually while they were there.  With poor Isaiah flopping his head from side to side, it was difficult, but mom pressed in with the needle-less syringe and deposited the tincture between his teeth and lip.
Three minutes passed as Pedersen observed Isaiah, his eyes rolling about, his arms and head flailing—a near constant experience at this point.  But suddenly, he stopped; Isaiah seemed to wake up.  Intently, he scanned the room.  When his father spoke, Isaiah slowly and matter of factly rotated on his lap and gazed into his father’s eyes.  Surprised, his father stammered, “He’s never acknowledged me like that before!”  It had been over two years since he’d looked either of his parents in the eyes – because of constant seizures and the dulling anti-epileptic drugs he was prescribed.

In the months that followed, Isaiah continued to grow, exploring a life that is virtually free of seizures, and as importantly, free of the toxic pharmaceuticals that caused so much harm to his tiny body.  He began following his mom around the house shouting, “Mommy!” What better evidence is there that Cannabis is good therapy?

It is for his work with chronically and terminally ill children and adults that Mark is currently facing the equivalent of a life sentence in Colorado. Why? For providing education and free medicine to the poor and dying.

We need your physical and financial support to see that justice is brought for Mark Pedersen and for Ron Niehouse, his good friend and colleague, who was also charged.
Please spread the word. Pedersen and Niehouse need strong support, in the media and in court. Please help financially by giving to their GoFundMe, Justice for Pedersen and Niehouse

Mark can be contacted directly at

For the whole story, follow this link…  “My Life as a Colorado Cannabis Caregiver”.


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