Enedina Stanger was booked into jail for possession of marijuana on Dec. 28 in Weber County, Utah, even though the wheelchair-bound mother of two uses the plant for medical purposes (video below).
Police originally charged her with a felony count of child endangerment, but that charge was dropped down to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge by a judge, according to KSTU.
The judge sentenced Enedina to six months of probation and is requiring her to attend parenting classes because she uses medical marijuana to treat Ehlers-Danlo syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.
According to MedlinePlus, EDS "is a group of inherited disorders marked by extremely loose joints, hyperelastic (very stretchy) skin that bruises easily, and easily damaged blood vessels."
The medical site adds that there is no "specific cure" for EDS, and says "individual problems and symptoms are evaluated and cared for appropriately. Physical therapy or evaluation by a doctor specializing in rehabilitation medicine is often needed."
Enedina tried using numerous prescriptions, none of which helped her. After a year of suffering, she and her husband, Michael, decided that she would try cannabis.
“When that happens there is nothing that we have been able to find that stops those spasms and those cramps,” Enedina told the news station.
The cannabis was the only thing that helped with the pain, the couple says.
“Cannabis is a medicine,” Michael added.
After being booked into the Weber County Sheriff’s Complex, Enedina was released to serve her sentence.
The drama began in October when an unidentified bystander complained about the smell of the marijuana coming from Enedina's car in a parking lot. Her daughter was in her car when police arrived on the scene.
After Enedina was charged, Child and Family Services got involved, but the Stanger family moved to Colorado where medical marijuana is legal and they could keep their kids.
The Stanger family wants Utah to legalize medical marijuana, so it can return home and other people with similar needs won't be prosecuted. Both of their children have been diagnosed with EDS, reports KSTU.
“We're going to try to make a difference,” Michael said. “It's a fight we were thrown into. Instead of getting beat up, we're going to fight.”