Alberta drops legal attempt to stop 4-year-old's use of marijuana treatment

Province had sought court order to force child to go back on prescription drugs

The Alberta government has abruptly dropped its legal attempt to stop an Edmonton-area mother from treating her young daughter's epileptic seizures with marijuana.

"I didn't think they had the proper evidence to fight something that was working," Lita Pawliw told reporters while holding her daughter Natalya, 4, outside the courthouse in Leduc, a bedroom community south of Edmonton.

As first reported by CBC News early Friday, Alberta's Child and Family Services applied to a court for a supervision order that would have essentially taken control of the child's medical treatment.

If the order had been granted, it would have prevented Pawliw from treating her daughter with the marijuana derivative. But it also could have forced the child back onto a regime of powerful prescription medications that Pawliw said didn't work and turned her daughter into a...

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