Mother Booked into Jail for Medical Marijuana

Enedina Stanger was originally charged with child endangerment, a felony

OGDEN (ABC4 News) - Enedina and Michael Stanger just moved their family from Utah to Colorado so Enedina can get legal access to medicinal marijuana. 

The family was back in Utah Monday so Enedina could be booked into the Weber County Jail on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. 

Enedina Stanger has a rare form of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects the skin, joints and blood vessels. 

"I have a lot of muscle spasms, my tendons are shredding because I dislocate so much," says Enedina Stanger. "I'm getting electrocuted all the time my nerves, my joints will pinch my tendons or pinch my nerves, then I can't feel my arm."

After years of experimenting with doctors and pain pills, she tried cannabis.

"There's nothing that can help that pain except for cannabis. It just relaxes the muscles and takes away the nerve pain, And I can't explain it, I don't really know, for me it was just a miracle, we had just been praying for something that could help me because all of these pills weren't working," she said.

She doesn't want the same thing to happen to her two daughters, who also have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

"My children will not be a science experiment. I am going to do anything in my power to be here when they're growing up and help them be strong growing up and this is they way we're going to do it," Enedina Stanger says.
 
The "way" she is referring to is a bill proposed by Sen. Mark Madsen (R - Saratoga Springs), which she openly supports.
 
Madsen's bill would legalize medical marijuana in Utah for certain ailments, like Enedina's.
 
Another competing bill by Rep. Brad Daw (R - Orem), would legalize cannabidiol oil (CBD) but Stanger says that would not help her condition.
 
In October, Enedina was using cannabis in her car, while her husband and children went into a store. A witness noticed the smell and called police.
 
Enedina Stanger was originally charged with felony child endangerment.
 
"When we found out that they were going to charge her with child endangerment, we knew that that meant child protective services would get on the case, and the whole reason she uses cannabis in the first place is to help her be able to be a mom with the condition she has, any of the drugs that was offered by doctors would basically make her a zombie," says Michael Stanger.
 
She was able to work out a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone, a class A misdemeanor.
 
She was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to take a parenting class.
 
The Stanger family will be back in Utah on January 25th as the 2016 legislative session opens. There, she plans urge lawmakers to support Sen. Madsen's bill.

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