MEXICO CITY — Claudia Gracia pushes her daughter Paulina in a wheelchair through the aisles of an exposition center in search of the latest innovations in cannabis at the annual ExpoWeed gathering in Mexico’s capital.
Paulina has lived with convulsions and shooting pains since birth 32 years ago, when her brain was deprived of oxygen and she suffered cerebral paralysis. Her body tenses with spasms and her fists clinch as her mother explains how cannabis has changed their lives by easing her pain and convulsions, though its use is illegal in Mexico.
“She has taken very strong painkillers and what has worked best is cannabis,” said Gracia, who has been administering cannabis concentrate to her daughter for the past year. In that time, she says, her daughter’s convulsions have diminished noticeably.
“I love cannabis now,” the mother said, placing a reassuring hand on her daughter’s quivering shoulder.
Gracia plans to seek a pardon from the Mexican court system so her daughter can consume cannabis legally.
The Mexican Supreme Court in August ordered the Health Ministry to publish guidelines for medicinal cannabis use within 180 days.
Last October, the court also ruled that the prohibition of personal use, possession and private cultivation of cannabis is unconstitutional because it violates “the fundamental right to the free development of the personality.” [Read More @ The Washington Post]