Charity to feature medical marijuana for kids

Posted at 7:22 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 23:36:18-04

Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour online charity drive, will host more than 500 local non-profits for 2016.

The online giving challenge gives non-profits with the proper licenses a chance to raise money and support for their purposes. This year, for the first time, a local organization pushing for medicinal cannabis for children will be featured. 

CannaMoms is a program that is trying to provide supplemental treatment options for children. The local chapter went through the process this year to try and be featured in the online forum. 

Moriah Barnhart, a single mother, has a five-year-old daughter going through radiation therapy for a brain tumor.

"I spend every day fearful that I'm going to lose my child."

Barnhart said Dahlia was diagnosed with anaplastic pilocytic astrocytoma. Along with the tumor, Dahlia has severe symptoms of ADHD, along with OCD tendencies. 

Dahlia also has developmental delays from the brain damage. She can't run, jump, do normal activities or normal interactions. 

Since her diagnosis, Barnhart has looked for other forms of treatment, before researching medical marijuana.

"When you tell people who would go above and beyond to save their child's life, that it makes them a criminal, people become forced to embrace that title."

Barnhart said for CannaMoms to be featured on a main stream form, it sends messages to politicians who are preventing further legislation.

"I will do anything and everything I can to try and prevent not just losing Dahlia, but her losing her childhood."

For more information on CannaMoms and their online donation, click here.

Give Day Tampa Bay tells us that they will feature any non-profit that shows their proper license and that they have no judgment on the purpose.