Modesto Parents Fight Proposed Marijuana Ordinance, Claims it Helps Son with Seizures

Lindsay Issel KF News

Modesto Parents Fight Proposed Marijuana Ordinance, Claims it Helps Son with Seizures


Monday, the Modesto City Council will consider new restrictions for medical marijuana grow operations . The proposed restrictions would limit medical marijuana grows to indoor, single-family homes without children.

The Reynolds family says such restrictions are making it harder for them to treat their 18-month-old son .

“Abusing any drug is not right, but when you’re not abusing them and you’re using them to help your children, I think that’s a totally different thing,” Katharine Reynolds said .

Katharine’s son Case has a rare disorder called 5Q14.3 Microdeletion Syndrome. In his specific case, he is missing 15 genes in his 5th chromosome . That, combined with epilepsy, caused the toddler to have hundreds of seizures per day.

“Some of them hurt him. So it’s hard to see him go through that . It’s a lot to take in,” Katharine said.

The Reynolds say they tried several different prescriptions that had undesired results. When Case was 8 months old, his parents started him on a regimen of medical marijuana oil also known as CBD .

“If you would have seen him a year ago, he was a completely different kid,” Mike Reynolds said.

“He actually responds to our voice now, and he’s just much more at peace . He’s not as frustrated or irritable as he was,” Katharine said.

Case’s father, Mike Reynolds, says he makes trips to Oakland at least once a month to purchase CBD for his son .

“We’re not into growing, it’s a whole other science. But not everybody can afford what they need for their kid,” Mike said .

Mike told FOX40 some families do grow medical marijuana and turn it into CBD for their disabled children.

“That way it’s cheaper for them,” Mike said .

He said Modesto’s medical marijuana restrictions make it harder for families like his own to treat disabled children.

Modesto’s Narcotics Enforcement team reports that they receive 50-100 complaints from residents about pot problems during growing season.

Some say outdoor marijuana grows attract criminals.

“I get that there’s people abusing it, I get that there’s problems but at the same time, there are people that really don’t. I would say we’re probably the polar opposite of what you think about cannabis,” Mike said.

Modesto’s Planning Commission will present a report at a Modesto City Council meeting Monday night. They are encouraging public comment. City council would still have to adopt the proposal in order for new restrictions to take effect.