Mother says medicinal marijuana helps autistic son live a better life

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Amie Carter helped classify Autism as a medical condition which can be treated by medicinal marijuana in the state of Michigan. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WSMH)

Amie Carter is raising two children, and 18-year-old daughter, and an 11-year-old son Jayden who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was 3. Doctors tried more than a dozen medications throughout the years to treat Jayden’s lack of emotional control, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ADHD. Carter says nothing worked.

“At six or seven years old he would throw temper tantrums that would turn dangerous. There would be actual abuse. I would have bruises and black eyes and things like that. We had to have the police come to get him under control,” Carters says.

The behavior got worse when Jayden went off to school.

“He broke the lunch lady’s glasses. He hit the principal in the face with a desk. He’s broken through glass windows and escorted out by police. He was suspended probably sixty times in five years,” Carter says.

Carter had nowhere else to go and no more drugs to try. She started doing research about medicinal marijuana. Her journey lead her to a form of cannabis oil. She took Jayden to get his medicinal marijuana card for his countless seizures. She says everything changes after the first dose.

“He would ask me if I wanted to dance. It seemed like the cannabis helped him be comfortable in his own skin. The school teachers told me the kids at school started to include him in class and at recess. The oil helped him control his emotions and allowed him to take in feedback and not get anxiety,” Carter says.

She took her success story to the lawmakers in Lansing and was instrumental in getting Autism included in the allowable medical conditions that can legally be treated with medicinal marijuana.

“This is going to open the door so that parents who feel like they have nothing left, can try it,” Carter says.

To see the list of conditions which can be treated under Michigan’s Medicinal Marijuana Law click HERE.