Adam Koessler was arrested and charged earlier this month after giving Rumer Rose, his two-year-old daughter, cannabis oil to relieve the symptoms of a late stage cancer. He claimed a “miraculous” improvement in her condition.
Unfortunately, his bail conditions mean that he cannot have contact with his sick daughter. Since being forced off the cannabis oil, Rumer’s condition has dramatically worsened and she is now in intensive care on morphine.
The Mirror reports: More than 38,000 people have now signed a petition calling for Queensland premier Campbell Newman and justice minister Jarrod Bleijie to intervene, saying “it is inhumane and unjust to keep a parent, who acted out of love for his child [and] wanting to prolong her life, away from her during such severe illness”.
The petition adds: “Medical cannabis has been legalised in many countries and jurisdictions around the globe. There is ample evidence to show that it has many beneficial effects for cancer patients without the harmful side effects and other associated risks of current drug treatments. In fact working in conjunction with the recommended treatment regime, medical cannabis has also been proven to alleviate these adverse side effects. “Adam Koessler deserves to have his parental rights to see his child reinstated, the charges against him dismissed by a court, and the right to decide the treatment options for his own child.”
A further 30,000 people have supported a Facebook page highlighting Mr Koessler’s plight, and thousands of dollars have been pledged to meet the cost of his legal fees and Rumer’s treatment.
More than $14,000 have been raised to help Rumer’s ongoing “Natural Cancer Protocol”, which provides “organic, gluten free home cooked food, alkaline water, essential oils , energetic, chiropractic, [and] naturopathic healing” remedies for the toddler.
And a further $3,000 have been raised for Mr Koessler’s legal expenses.
Adam is due before the courts on Tuesday next week.
Update: the petition has over 50,000 signatures at the time of writing.
Link to the Petition HERE