Richardson father risks freedom to promote cannabis treatments for his daughter
A few times a month, Mark Zartler of Richardson, Texas commits a crime that helps his daughter who cannot help herself.
17 years ago, Christy Zartler gave birth to twin girls.
“When they came home, Keeley, her twin, came home first,” said Christy. “Three days Kara followed her.”
From there, they began the difficult, years-long task of learning how to treat Kara’s Cerebral Palsy and severe Autism. There are a slew of her pills on their kitchen counter. Antipsychotics and enzymes and sleep aids. Still, few things helped fight off the worst of her symptoms.
A neighbor first suggested years ago that cannabis could ease Kara’s symptoms. Mark then found that by grinding marijuana buds, and heating them to 410 degrees Fahrenheit, it created the vapor that serves as an immediate rescue response to his daughter’s most violent behavior.