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.
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.