The Patients’ Story – Novalee





Mark Pedersen was approached by the parents of another Novalee.  This one was a four year old suffering from a very aggressive pediatric cancer.  This sweet little girl had already undergone horrific invasive therapies.  At one point, surgery claimed most of one leg.
Sitting with the father, he related, “We’re taught to do what our doctors tell us to do.  To trust them with our lives.  Perhaps I should not have trusted them to do these terrible things to my little girl.”

This little Novalee lost her battle with cancer in July of 2016.  Pedersen says, “I got to her too late.”  Whether it was the cancer or the invasive conventional therapies that claimed her young life, is largely immaterial at this point.  The fact is, it didn’t have to end this way.  If Cannabis would have been her first option, she might still be alive today. Unfortunately, particularly with pediatric cases, conventional treatments are ALWAYS implemented first.

Immediately following the death of his child, while still in ICU, Novalee’s father passed the remainder of his daughter’s Cannabis oil to another set of parents.  In that moment, another little girl, an eleven year old this time with a different invasive cancer, became Pedersen’s patient.

In all the excitement over the miracles that we have seen, it would be too easy to forget the most important difference that a holistic therapy like Cannabis has over the toxic treatments offered by conventional medicine.  Though we could never guarantee a cure, in virtually every case, we can be assured of improved quality of life.  Truly, what good is length of days spent in pain or coma?  Quality no doubt trumps longevity.
If we can add but a few days of love and fellowship to these tragically stricken families, then we have indeed done a good thing.  Perhaps most of all, is allowing them permission to hope.

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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