Advocates of Treating Autism with Cannabis Disavow "Partnership" with UC Irvine

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A Denver biotech company and Los Angeles nonprofit foundation dedicated to the treatment of autism are disavowing their previously announced partnership with UC Irvine.

The clarification comes more into focus when you know the players. The firm, Cannabis Science, develops pharmaceutical products from marijuana plants. The Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A) promotes cannabis-based medical research and clinical trials for those afflicted with the disorder.

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Dr. Rebecca Hedrick
A March 20 Cannabis Science announcement about its partnering with UF4A included this line:

"To date, we have already partnered with the University of California Irvine Medical Center to oversee our cannabis-based Autism research. Included in this group of advisors is the Dean of Medicine at UCI, and child psychiatrist Dr. Rebecca Hedrick, M.D."

The use of cannabis to treat autism is portrayed as the subject of a presentation Hedrick made earlier this year, according to the UF4A website.

However, this week, Cannabis Science released the following:

Cannabis Science wishes to clarify that the partnership is only a partnership with UF4A. Cannabis Science has no relationship or affiliation with the University of California, Irvine, the Dean of the UCI School of Medicine, or any of its faculty ("UCI"). UF4A has no affiliation with UC Irvine, though UC Irvine psychiatrist treats the autistic son of UF4A founder, Mieko Hester-Perez. Neither UCI nor Dr. Hedrick is conducting research into medical marijuana and autism.

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Meiko Hester-Perez on an ABC News program.
Talk to any medical marijuana dispenser in Orange County about the healing benefits of the herb, and they will likely bring up the case of Brea's Mieko Hester-Perez and her son Joey, whose symptoms from autism have miraculously turned around thanks to cannabis.

Joey's story has been featured in the Orange County Register, Autism Spectrum Magazine, Now Magazine UK, Kush Magazine and High Times. Mieko has appeared in numerous radio and television interviews, including on 20/20, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, CBS Early Show, KCBS 2 and KCAL 9 in LA, KABC TV stations in LA and San Francisco, KABC 790 with Peter Tilden, The Tom Joyner Show, The Bill Press Show and the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML) podcast with Russ Belville.

Hester-Perez, a fixture at cannabis conventions, was was recognized by NORML's Woman's Alliance as one of the women in 2010 making history in the medical-marijuana movement.

The new announcement makes it clear that she is still using cannabis to help her son, it just cuts Hedrick and UCI out of the equation when it comes to the pioneering treatment:

After exhausting all traditional medical options and with Hester-Perez's son's life in question, Hester-Perez chose to augment her son's therapy with cannabis under a state compliant recommendation. As a result, her son saw marked improvement and was able to eliminate approximately 80% of the prescription drugs from his daily regimen.

Later:

Hester-Perez attributes dramatic improvements in her son's behavior and overall health to the addition of cannabis to his treatment. Approximately 10 other autistic persons have seen improvements since augmenting their therapy with cannabis within UF4A's case studies. She hopes this will form the basis for official academic research in the future.

Besides extolling the promise of a new autism treatment, UF4A advocates rescheduling cannabis from Schedule 1 narcotic (no accepted medical benefits) to a lower schedule so that "the appropriate research may be conducted, and so that all patients have access to medication."

Universities may line up to be partners should that ever happen.

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fightonMMJfraud
fightonMMJfraud

This fake non-profit has finally been closed down do to fraud we warned many in the M.M.J. business of. We worked hard to get this lady who used her sons medical issue shut down because she was in it for the money and the money only. She never had interest in her sons well being ever. Those of us scammed by her knew this early on and now they have closed their doors for good. Thank God. Sorry Lil Joey

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Mieko Perez
Mieko Perez

There's a reason why the person who wrote this post does not reveal their name. In life we follow track records and documentation and at anytime, at the request of my attorney all is available to view. I can be reached via my email mieko@uf4a.org or directly 714-805-4372. As you read this post, you will realize the crash course of navigating through the medical marijuana industry. Again, this post only reveals a person who hides behind post I can be reached for verification almost 24 hours a day. I'm Joey's Mom and Autism does not sleep and neither do I. Thank you, Mieko Perez

Beth Morgan
Beth Morgan

Yeah, this sounds really believable. [/sarcasm]

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Mieko Perez
Mieko Perez

Until this treatment is recognized for persons on the autism spectrum, all conversations regarding families are kept confidential and never discussed without out attorney present. 

Julian Pursell
Julian Pursell

Can't trust anyone in the USA can you? Luckily, some of us have seen ample evidence that Mieko is genuine and, now that there are four separate pieces of 'cannabis for autism' research on the radar, I'd say that she's done more for the autism population than any other single individual on the planet.

Cannabis is clearly the right medicine for most autistic people and we would be getting nowhere with publicizing this fact if not for Mieko.

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Mieko Perez
Mieko Perez

Julian Pursell does not work for UF4A or Mieko Perez. Again, you stated some very strong allegations but, you have not to provided your name or contacted our attorney regarding your statements to be confirmed true. 

MaintainTheConstitution
MaintainTheConstitution

http://www.medicalmarijuanacou...  UC Irvine evidently is covering their back side in relation to the proper channels to obtain cannabis for research which is a convoluted mess.  Thankfully the patients are now connected to the internet and their stories of healing and relief are now widely known, regardless of the roadblocks that pop up. 

Mieko Perez
Mieko Perez

 Thank you for taking the time to explain this process.

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Mieko Perez
Mieko Perez

For the record UF4A has never hired Juliana nor, do I know who she is. I can be reached at 714-805-8342, you also request my records with our attorney. Thank you. Mieko

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Its not clear in this article why there was a "disavowment"? was there a conflict of interests or personalities or just a clarification on the relationships between the ineterested parties?

Peter A. Eater
Peter A. Eater like.author.displayName 1 Like

It was disavowed because there was never a relationship in the first place. Cannabis Science made it up.

Julian Pursell
Julian Pursell

Peter did you put those words there just so you could eat them later?

Julian Pursell
Julian Pursell

Dude, in the world of 'Autism', it is not uncommon for large organisations to show or feign interest then fail to deliver the expected contribution.

Perhaps it is just clarification that UCI weren't pulling their weight, and so do not really have the right to be named as part of this important work any more?

I'm just guessing, same as you guys :)

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