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Texas Family Wins Legal Battle Over Medical Marijuana

Cannabis An Effective Treatment For Autistic Daughter

A bit of positive news came out today for the Zartler family of Richmond, Texas. They have been using medical marijuana as an effective form of treatment for their daughter’s bouts of self harm and were in jeopardy of losing custody of her. They won their legal battle over being able to maintain custody of their child. Kara Zartler, an 18 year old who sadly suffers from both autism and cerebral palsy, has been prone to hurting herself in fits that her parents claim medical marijuana has been able to prevent. This ruling can be considered a significant boon for legalization efforts in the otherwise consistently conservative state. Be sure to follow the link below for additional details and pictures from this landmark case!

The Zartler family of Richardson, Texas, decided last year they had a shot at being the “poster children” who could persuade state lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana for autism patients.

Texas Family Wins Legal Battle Over Medical Marijuana
Christy and Mark Zartler sign court documents after given legal guardianship of their daughter, Kara, as their attorney Rick O’Connor and Kara’s attorney Ellen Williamson observe in Judge Brenda Hull Thompson’s courtroom, Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Dallas. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Their advocacy for the medicine that abates their 18-year-old autistic daughter’s dangerous bouts of self-abuse landed them in a courtroom fighting for their parental rights.

Last week Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson ruled that Mark and Christy Zartler were fit guardians of their daughter Kara, and AP photographer David Woo was with the family in their home as they prepared for the hearing and in the courtroom when a ruling in their favor was made.

Texas Family Wins Legal Battle Over Medical Marijuana
Keeley, 18, left, Kara’s twin sister, and Christy Zartler, their mother, help Kara put on a top before going to probate court in Dallas with her parents, Thursday, March 1, 2018 at their home in Richardson, Texas. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News via AP)


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Brian Wroblewski has a passion for writing, travel, food and family. Since working in and around the cannabis industry since 2008, Brian brings a unique perspective to the cannabis journalism space. With a focus on emerging brands, moving the cannabis industry forward and an undeniable passion for truth in business and journalism, find some of Brian's posts across the web on digital marketing, cannabis and a variety of different topics.

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