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Mesa boy with rare seizure disorder dies; Parents had fought court to obtain marijuana extract


PHOENIX — A 7-year-old Mesa boy whose parents successfully fought to obtain marijuana extract for treatment of his rare seizure disorder has died.

The parents of Zander Welton told Phoenix TV station KPNX that he died last week from complications caused by intense seizures.

The boy was diagnosed as an infant with cortical dysplasia — a genetic brain defect — and had his first seizure when he was 9 months old.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled in March 2014 that Zander could be treated with marijuana extract including cannabis oil, effectively re-interpreting Arizona's medical marijuana law.

After receiving the drug, Jennifer and Jacob Welton say their son could go weeks at a time without having seizures and was also able to walk, run and communicate non-verbally for the first time.

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