Deacon Mejias had a bright smile and even brighter future. His parents, Gill and Catherine, had big hopes and dreams for little Deacon. “He used to sit on the floor and spell words for us like octopus and pictures. He was obsessed with letters.”
But then, without warning, Deacon’s world went dark at the age of two.
Deacon was diagnosed with autism.
Their sweet little boy had become aggressive, anxious and uncontrollable.
Gill and Catherine have installed swings in nearly every room of the house to keep him occupied and content.
According to Gill Mejias, “Quality of life is what it boils down to and he deserves to be able to enjoy life, to have a smile and have fun and all the things that make life, life.”
Mainstream treatments make Deacon have mood swings, hyperactivity and deep depression.
Catherine wants something better for her son, “Yes. Yes. That’s what we want. Now we’re just trying to do what’s best for him.”
Mr. Mejias said, “These families that are using cannabis and THC for treatment of autism, they’re actually saying they’re getting their child back”
Seventeen other states have already approved this unique intervention, sometimes with dramatic results.
State Senator Constance Johnson has introduced legislation four times, with little support for the “Compassionate Use Act” Senate Bill 573.
According to Sen. Johnson, “I think the people who want to close their ears and don’t want to hear about it, I’ll never vote for it, that’s not what we are here to do as elected officials. We are here to be the voice for the people.”
But State Rep. Dr. Mike Ritze says treating children with pot is risky business.
“I can’t condone it. I can’t disagree if they say it works. I would advise them that they’re dealing with a double-edged sword.”
It’s a change the Mejias family is willing to take if medical marijuana is legalized in Oklahoma.
Catherine told us, “The little boy we used to know, I want everyone to know. So, it would be for everyone that meets Deacon, including us. Because it’s really hard right now. I don’t enjoy him sometimes. And I want to enjoy him.”
Gov. Mary Fallin has gone on record saying she’ll veto any legislation endorsing medical marijuana.
But the Mejias family says, if lawmakers would walk in their shoes for just one afternoon, there would be quick and universal support for senate bill 573.