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ACLU trying to help metro Phoenix boy with med marijuana

PHOENIX — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a court to allow a
5-year-old Mesa boy to use a marijuana extract to treat his debilitating
seizures.

The ACLU filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Wednesday in Maricopa
County Superior Court.

The filing said Zander Welton “is likely to suffer irreparable injury if his
parents cannot treat him with a marijuana extract without fear of criminal
prosecution.”

Under the state’s current medical marijuana law, the county Attorney’s Office
considers extracts illegal.

Zander’s parents said he had his first seizure when he was 9 months old. But his
medical condition has improved after using marijuana extracts such as cannabis
oil and his seizures have significantly decreased.

ACLU lawyers representing the boy and his parents are requesting an oral
argument on the issue.

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