“I have cancer and I take this medicine to help make me feel better and to help make the cancer go away. So, I would like to keep taking it.”
- MADISON DAVIS, 9 YEARS OLD
Madison Davis is a nine-year-old girl with a rare form of brain cancer. In multiple rounds of chemotherapy, clinical trials, and surgeries, Madison has started using cannabis products to treat her symptoms of severe pain and seizures.
The cannabis products manage Madison’s pain much better than the opiates she’s been prescribed by doctors, which are covered under insurance. Unfortunately, the cannabis products that Madison takes are very hard to find and the Davises live in Virginia, which does not yet have medical marijuana dispensaries open. To obtain the drugs, Madison’s mother, Melanie, must send $1,500 to a stranger in California each month and hope that the drugs come in the mail. Every so often, the Davises can’t get the products shipped from California. When this happens, not only are they out of pocket $1,500, but Madison is in extreme pain that cannot be treated by prescription pain killers.
Forty-four states plus Washington, D.C. have decriminalized medical marijuana in some form. However, the Federal Government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medicinal purposes and high potential for abuse. Because of this classification, parents across the country must break the law and spend thousands of dollars to get their children adequate relief from pain.
This film is about a family that loves each other and is doing everything they can to keep their daughter alive and pain-free.