A 15-year old boy has spoken in public about his use of cannabis oil to treat his Crohn’s disease, stating “I’d rather be illegally alive, than legally dead”.

Coltyn Turner’s case was just one of a number of reports that were presented at the National Jewish Health’s Marijuana and Health Symposium in Colorado in June.

Turner, who has been using oil for just 10 months after his parents moved from the Midwest to Denver in search of a cure, told the Symposium;

“I was just on every pharmaceutical there was out there until I would up in a wheelchair.”

However, his use of cannabis oil has halted his rapid decline and his parents believe that patients like Coltyn should be allowed access to cannabis oil immediately and not just as a last resort.

His mother Wendy stated, “We want people to understand that this is a good option”.