Moriah Barnhart is committed to changing state and federal cannabis laws. Moriah’s daughter, Dahlia, was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer at the age of two. Moriah had already been advocating for many years against the drugging of children and for increased parental rights in the care of American children. While fighting for Dahlia’s life, Moriah quickly found herself personally immersed in the fight against bad laws as well.
Within days of starting an experimental chemotherapy protocol, Dahlia began suffering severe side effects such as mouth sores, constant nausea and vomiting, atrophy of both legs, nerve damage, and severe chronic pain. Moriah discovered that a refusal of conventional medicine would result in losing custody of her daughter to the state (where treatments would be given without her consent). Her daughter was dying not only from the disease but from its “treatment.” After 6 painful months on chemo, Dahlia began cannabis oil. The results were immediate and drastic. She began sleeping through the night. She was no longer in constant pain. Her nausea subsided, her appetite returned, and she was no longer at risk for a feeding tube. After just a month, she had returned to a happy and playful little girl. After witnessing this transformation, her oncologist, who was initially uninterested in discussing cannabis in Dahlia’s care, left St. Jude to head up cannabis research in Georgia.