For minors, there must be two separate doctors who independently evaluate the patient. The law allows any medically necessary amount of cannabis. Ezra needs greater than 75 medical marijuana plants, as determined by two doctors. Pictured: An agricultural engineer inspects marijuana plants at the BOL (Breath Of Life) Pharma greenhouse in Israel in March 2016. (Jack Guez, AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s a medical marijuana patient who needs 75 plants

Denver Post op-ed: Ezra wasn't expected to survive past his first birthday due to his extreme seizures. For Ezra, cannabis is a miracle.

Re: “Colorado right to limit large, private medical marijuana grows,” Denver Post editorial.

The Denver Post’s editorial on private medical marijuana grows, using terms like “dope” and “weed,” declared that not “a single patient” needs 75 cannabis plants.

Meet Ezra.

Diagnosed with epilepsy at birth, Ezra was not expected to survive past his first birthday due to his extreme number of seizures (500 per day). Ezra also had dystonia so severe, it caused howling pain, multiple broken bones, and his spine to bend backwards to a 90-degree angle. Ezra’s extreme situation is documented on his You Caring page.

Ezra’s mother tried high doses of pure high-THC cannabis oil. Once she reached 750 mg daily, Ezra was finally able to rest comfortably. He is now free of pain, and has remained that way for a year.

For Ezra, cannabis is a miracle.

But he needs a lot. He can’t smoke it. He must ingest it, which requires more. Ezra needs a purer form of cannabis than the standard commercial edible. Only clear, clean oil with high levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Even the best commercial product has 555 g/ml, while Ezra’s mother’s tests at 750 g/ml. Ezra’s single mother brought him to Colorado without a job. She could not afford dispensary prices or their lack of consistent selection.

For minors, there must be two separate doctors who independently evaluate the patient. The law allows any medically necessary amount of cannabis. Ezra needs greater than 75 plants, as determined by two doctors.

Three weeks ago, Colorado Medical Board political appointees sat in a secret meeting and made up a new plant limit of 75 on the same day the board opted to summarily suspend four doctors’ medical licenses, for violating the new rule nobody knew about. This new rule has already caused a chilling effect to ripple through the medical community, as intended. Patients like Ezra will suffer and die, as a result of now not being able to find a physician who will recommend the proper plant count.

Robert J. Corry Jr. is a Denver lawyer who represents Ezra’s mother and physicians.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com