Parents using medical marijuana to treat both children with autism


ALBRIGHTSVILLE, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A family from Carbon County is now using medical marijuana to treat both of their children who have autism.

In this Eyewitness News follow-up, we introduced you to Cora and TJ Haloskie last year.

Their parents made history by becoming certified caregivers in Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program.

Cora started the prescription first because her symptoms were more severe.  Two months ago, TJ began taking a lower dose of the drug.

Their father Jeremy said the twins are making significant progress, including better communication and focus.

Since our original story aired last April, Jeremy has answered questions from parents all over the world.

“All of a sudden I became a spokesperson for medical marijuana,” said Jeremy.  “But I didn’t mind that because it works.  It’s easy to talk about something that’s going this well.”

Jeremy said he enrolled Cora in an observational study being done by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

He reminds parents to make their own choices with doctors when it comes to their child’s healthcare.

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