The Patients’ Story – Jack Splitt

 

 

 

 

Mark Pedersen had known Stacey Linn since she became involved in politics here in Colorado.  For two years, Mark took a room in her basement after the City of Colorado Springs made the process of making cannabis oil illegal for Caregivers and patients within their city.  With an ever-growing list of terminally ill patients, Pedersen could not in good conscious refuse to aid them.  He was forced to put all his belongings into storage and make the move to Lakewood where he could legally continue.

It wasn’t long after relocating that Pedersen became Stacey’s son, 15 year old Jack Splitt’s Cannabis caregiver.

Jack has come to be known internationally for his namesake, “Jack’s Law”. Spearheaded by his mother, this groundbreaking legislation mandates that Colorado schools must accommodate those students that require cannabis therapy.

Jack was born with multiple debilitating and life threatening conditions, but particularly cerebral palsy and Dystonia. With both conditions quite profound, Jack had a G tube and was on life support, requiring 24 hour RN nursing care. He did not have common use of his limbs and though he could hear somewhat and understood sign language, he could only speak through a digital devise.  Jack also required around the clock suctioning through his trach so he would not drown in his own body fluids.

Remarkably, he possessed an uncommon intelligence.

At the time that Pedersen began treatment, Jack’s Dystonia was causing increasingly violent lurches that involved his limbs and torso, often compromising his respiration.
Previous attempts with oral doses of CBD rich Cannabis products were marginally successful, but Jack needed the cannabinoids THC and probably CBN.  Using suppositories insured that Jack would be getting much more medicine with far less euphoria.

Oral dosing presents upwards of 30% of the medicinal properties, while suppositories promise 70% +, with far less euphoria.
Pedersen advised a 20mg THC rich suppository 4 times a day. Increasing to 40mg quickly in the weeks that followed. Working with Jack’s nurses, Mark produced the Cannabis suppositories that they administered.
Jack responded quite well.
Jack’s Dystonia outbreaks became less frequent and less intense.  He was able to concentrate more on his school work and actually leave home to attend school.  He could once again go on outings with his nurse, classmates and family.  He was beginning to enjoy life again.

While observing Jack working with his reading coach, one of Jack’s nurses approached Pedersen. She said, “Jack’s getting better.  It’s because of your suppositories, and we’re on a set schedule now.”

Mark didn’t feel that they were where they needed to be – yet, but they most certainly seemed to be headed in the right direction.  Cannabis is “variations on the good”.  If Cannabis could lessen Jack’s symptoms, then it could be hope for so many other children and adults afflicted with Dystonia.
Pedersen’s hope was that Jack’s progress would grow exponentially.  They had no reason to believe otherwise.

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 markpedersen.cpn@gmail.com

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

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