Four-Year-Old Brain Cancer Patient Latest Casualty of Medical Marijuana Crackdown

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Cancer claimed the life of medical marijuana poster child Cash “Cashy” Hyde after access to cannabis-based medication was cut off by a sweeping medical marijuana crackdown in Montana last summer, according to patient-oriented medical marijuana resource

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The Cash Hyde Foundation

Cannabis oil extended Cash’s life. He beat cancer twice.

Cash “Cashy” Hyde passed away in his father’s arms this week. The four-year-old Montana boy—whose malignant brain cancer had been in remission while he received consistent medical cannabis treatments—is the latest casualty in the federal government’s war on voter-approved medical marijuana, says John Malanca, a close friend of the Hyde family, and founder of the medical marijuana information website

Malanca recounts the Hyde family’s ordeal: Desperate to find anything to keep their young child Cash alive, after traditional treatments and medications failed to slow the growth of the malignant tumor in his brain, Mike and Kalli Hyde turned to high-CBD cannabis oil. Cash’s cancer immediately went into remission, and he started to live a more normal life.

Cash was comfortable, started eating again, and recovered his desire to play. A news story about Cash can be viewed on YouTube at:

Then, last summer, law enforcement officials in Montana came down hard on the medical marijuana industry. Rather than face the risk of being stormed by armed agents and subjected to steep fines or jail time, many legally-compliant medical cannabis dispensaries in Montana closed down.

The federal crackdown resulted in the closure of most of the medical marijuana dispensaries in Montana, and cut off the Hyde’s access to the therapeutic cannabis oil that was keeping Cash’s cancer at bay. Once Cash’s medication was cut off, his cancer came back out of remission.

“We put out a call to action, asking people to donate cannabis oil for Cash’s health—and there was a heart-warming outpouring of donors and support,” said Malanca. “Unfortunately, by the time we got Cash the medication he needed, his cancer could no longer be controlled.”

Malanca says people all over the world are grieving Cash’s passing. He encourages supporters to mail letters to Mike and Kalli Hyde c/o United Patients Group, 336 Bon Air Center, Suite #361 Greenbrae, CA 94904. Donations to the Cash Hyde Foundation are also being accepted.

The Hyde Family has established the Cash Hyde Foundation to help prevent unnecessary loss of health and life through advocacy of progressive and responsible medical marijuana policies, law enforcement, and legislation: “Cashy’s Law.” The foundation also supports increased medical marijuana research, cannabis health education, and pediatric cancer research.

Please make donations by check payable to the "Cash Hyde Foundation," care of First Montana Bank located at 3309 Brooks Street, Missoula, MT 59801.To make a donation online using Pay Pal, go to: Every donor will receive a Cash Hyde bracelet.

"Cannabis oil extended Cash’s life; he beat cancer twice," said Malanca. "He brought so much love to this world and so many people together. He educated people."

To learn more about the Cash Hyde Foundation, go to

To learn more about United Patients, please call (415) 524-8099 or visit The best way to stay informed about developments is to “like” United Patients Group on Facebook and “follow” United Patients Group on Twitter.

About is a discreet, safe, and professional online medical cannabis information resource for prospective and current patients, caregivers, and medicinal cannabis industry professionals.

While most online medical marijuana sites cater to patients already familiar with medical marijuana, the website is a comprehensive and easy-to-use information source for people of all ages and experience levels, from novice medical cannabis users to experienced industry professionals. The site’s News, Resource, and Blog pages introduce new patients to the ins and outs of medical marijuana healthcare, while helping experienced providers stay abreast of the latest developments in CBD therapies.

A free Five Star-rated UPG medical marijuana app is now available for free on the iTunes app store for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and any iPad.

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