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Adam Koessler and daughter

Adam Koessler and daughter -Facebook

A father is facing jail after giving medicinal cannabis oil to his dying daughter as he tried to ease her suffering.

Adam Koessler was arrested and charged earlier this month, after giving  two-year-old Rumer Rose the oil as he tried to treat her later-stage cancer.

The youngster has stage 4 neuroblastoma – a cancer which forms in the nerve tissue and has left Rumer with just a 50% chance of survival.

But after giving her the oil mixed with coconut Mr Koessler, from Cairns in Australia, says his daughter showed “miraculous” signs of improvement.

I think that it is criminal that a drug that can do so much good as a medicine is still illegal as a medicine. I do not want it legal as a recreational drug but when it clearly helps, to not only withhold it from a patient but also punish the parent by physically separating them from their dying child is unforgivable. If you must fine him fine him. I am sure it is a price he as a father would be willing to pay. The law is wrong but I as a parent would have no hesitation whatsoever breaking an unjust law like this one if my loved one was suffering. I would take the consequences of jail or a fine just don’t take away the precious time that is left with my loved one.

He told Australian newspaper the Newcastle Herald: “Her cancer-ridden little body was alive again – Rumer had almost instant quality of life.

Doting dad: Adam Koessler with his little girl Rumer Rose -Facebook

“She would say ‘Daddy, tummy’s not sore’ and she would be able to eat like a champion and began to gain weight.

“Her energy was up and she wanted to go outside with me instead of lay on her back with her legs curled up.

“Her skin colour came back, her eyes were sparkling again and we just looked at each other in complete amazement.”

But after travelling to Brisbane for his daughter to have further treatment on January 2 Mr Koessler, who is separated from Rumer’s mother, was arrested in hospital as he met with Rumer’s oncologist.

He has since been charged with supplying dangerous drugs to a person under 16 and possessing dangerous drugs, and is due before the courts on Tuesday next week.

Until then his bail conditions mean he cannot have contact with his desperately sick little girl, who is now on morphine in intensive care following seizures after she came off the cannabis oil.

A petition has now been launched 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.”

Ban: Adam’s bail conditions stop him from seeing his daughter -Facebook


More than 30,000 people have already signed the petition, and a further 30,000 have supported a Facebook page highlighting the Koesslers’ plight.

In a message to Rumer yesterday, her dad’s supporters said: “To our little angel Rumer Rose. We know your Daddy cant be with you now but the world is on his side. Everyone is sending you healing energy and willing for your Daddy to see you soon.  Hold on little girl. You must be a very very special gift to this world.”

“Little do you know, that because of you, tens of thousands of people’s lives might be changed for the better.”



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  • conwaycaptain

    The Law is an ASS

  • Nige.

    So police are stupid in Queensland too then.

    Well, the father can hold his head up with dignity because he clearly would do anything for his daughter. The police commissioner or whoever decided that this would be a good idea to pursue can’t do the same.

    And think about how this will be effecting the little girl.

    Great call. Not.

  • GoingRight

    What a tragic story, upsetting to read and how sad to hear of a little girl separated from her father at such a precious time in the life. I doubt she will understand why he is not with her at her time of need.

  • Reaper

    The real criminals here are the police. How heartless.

    • Edward Bufe

      Its not the cops but the bloody politicians and their bloody lawyers that keeps these bloody stupid laws going so they can feed of the law suits. The lawyers will help the crims of society but God help you if you are the victim of the said crims.

  • PharmaBloke

    More…. http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/2806017/twist-in-cannabis-charge/




    Community has raised funds
    Diagnosis is very recent. ( Dec 25)
    So treatment , with a 50% ( !!! ) chance of recovery has just started

    And this joker throws an untested ” medicine ” into the mix. .??. At what dose ?? ( gee, wonder why she was convulsing ? )

    At best, well intentioned
    At worst, carelessly criminal

    As for the wider issue of medicinal cannabis, let’s see specific identified extracted compounds isolated and run through the relevant clinical scientific trials ( I’m guessing these should be around because the issue has been around for a while) , and see where we go from there

    • The Accountant

      I think you are being a little heartless. There has been a lot of testing done on cannabis, both formal and “informal”. I’m not someone who uses cannabis myself, but if my children were in the same situation, I would certainly employ what I could to reduce their suffering. My Grandmother-in-law received similar relief.

    • stanman

      Think id do anything to relieve the pain ,certainly wouldnt hold my hopes high for the medical response to work,could not watch an angel suffer.Good on him.

    • Mags

      I think the problem is that we seem to be unable to use this particular drug for medical purposes. We have a hang up over it. We need to have get what ever needs to be done so that families have this as part of their toolkit to treat their loved ones who are sick and suffering. Whilst this situation continues parents will use illegal forms of marijuanna in uncontrolled doses in a haphazard manner. The problem being That they don’t’ really know what, how much they are giving them. Those parents are desperate!

    • 1951

      Surely there is not time for that in this case. There has been some interesting articles on cannabis oil recently, particularly when used where nothing else has worked i.e. epilepsy. It cannot be any worse than the use of morphine. Modern med. just doesn’t have all the answers all the time. Sometimes a parent has to follow what seems right to them in cases like this. You can’t tell me any of the cancer treatments are a pleasant thing to endure. If the actions he has chosen to take have given some relief whilst she undergoes treatment, it can only enhance her chances to recovery. I think he should be commended for his actions and no-way should he be denied his role as her parent when she is so vulnerable. To remove her loving support, be they at the hand of the medical experts, police or courts should be seen as a criminal act.

    • Muffin

      so morphine is preferable……………….

      • PharmaBloke

        in the sense that’s it’s use in this population group is better understood than ” medical cannabis ” , yes. Interestingly, article doesn’t say WHY she was on morphine – may have been treatment related, but could equally been used to assist withdrawal of whatever had been given previously. Because that ” cannabis oil ” was a high quality product of a known dose and repeatable…… yeah, right.,

  • Genevieve

    This father will have received the diagnosis for his daughter, and then gone googling ‘ does cannabis help neuroblastoma’ . He will have found some ‘research’ supporting this view, and even some that claim it will provide a cure. I don’t think it was appropriate for him to try and introduce this so early in the treatment of his child, maybe in the terminal stages if other medications were completely ineffective.

    • Muffin

      its his daughter right? Also unlikely that it would interfere with other treatments being given. I see what you are saying, but I cant see why he would do it if it was harming her, in fact from the description above it was working a treat. Doctors dont know everything.

      • gander

        It’s his daughter. Right. His intentions are beyond reproach. That doesn’t mean that what he has done was best for his daughter. Dr Google is not a reliable consultant.

        From the description above it was working a treat. How much reliance can you place on that description when it is from a mainstream media article that may well hide an agenda?

        Daughter and father are in a terrible situation here, one I would not wish on my worst enemy, but without having the full details of the clinical situation this is not a good example to promote exploring the medical use of cannabis (and before you shut the lid on my pigeonhole, that’s something I’m in favour of at least investigating properly).

  • Michael

    I wonder how much the seperated mother had to do with the arrest?

  • Murray Smith

    And the earth is flat. Queensland has always been backwards.

  • Mags

    I suppose the drug companies don’t want to test and do the trials because there are too many hurdles. There are other options for research with less risk that they can make more money with. It’s a valid economic decision. So I’m guessing that until the barriers are removed to take the risk out of valid research on the medical use of marijuana, it is unlikely anything will change. Otherwise it would have been done.
    Does anyone know the history of how opium transitioned to morphine and other medical opiates? Can it be repeated?

  • Rick H

    Public use of opium and it’s follow-on products is illegal; as is Kannabis.
    But, there is one hell of a lot of prescription medicines made from it.

    I completely am at a loss as to why medicines containing Kannabis are not also easily provided for cases like this poor wee mite.