Paying it Forward: Cannabis Community Support for Rebecca Hamilton Brown

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Ladybud readers know Rebecca Hamilton Brown as “Cooper’s mom” from “Cannabis Makes My Son Feel Normal,” the widely shared story Rebecca wrote about Cooper’s first successful bowling trip since starting medical cannabis to control his seizures. In the story, Rebecca credits her husband Marty for helping convince her to let go of her fears and allow her son the freedom to be a “normal” kid. Sadly, Marty Brown died suddenly and unexpectedly last week after suffering a massive heart attack at the age of 47.

Raising a special needs child isn’t easy, but Marty and Rebecca, who were together for nearly 25 years, worked as a team, trading everyday tasks like overnight monitoring duties in addition to celebrating victories together.

Marty’s support in raising Cooper as well as the Browns’ older son, Max, allowed Rebecca to spend time developing the Pediatric Cannabis Therapy (PCT) organization, a group which has grown from a handful of parents to more than 6,000 members worldwide. PCT has offered information and support to thousands of families, providing a valuable central database of information about pediatric cannabis use for the treatment of a wide range of conditions including epilepsy. As PCT’s founder and “mother hen,” Rebecca has worked tirelessly to educate and advocate for pediatric medicinal cannabis, and has also been a strong advocate for whole plant legislation.

As many readers know, leaders like Rebecca Brown devote an enormous amount of time and energy to the cannabis movement, which can be challenging for activists who are also parents – and Marty supported Rebecca’s advocacy and activism every step of the way.  A few days before Marty’s death, Rebecca posted on facebook, “If I don’t say it enough, I love my husband. He’s the best nurse in the world. As I whine about my sore back he is there with breakfast and diet coke, does it get any better?”

Life without Marty will be difficult for the Brown family, and friends have organized a fundraiser to help with expenses. Rebecca has been a mentor, teacher, advisor, and friend to so many in the cannabis community, and it is our hope that our community can come together to help support Rebecca and her family during this difficult time.

Our sincere condolences and lots of love to Rebecca and the Brown family.