Redding, CA – Spencer Koptis was your typical 15-month-old child. He loved running and playing with his older brothers, and was a cheerful little tike.
His happy and typically normal life would take a turn for the worst, however, after he was diagnosed with pilocytic, Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (inoperable brain cancer).
Spencer’s family was heartbroken when they found out about his illness. But they had hope and began treatment.
Suzetta Vonzell, Spencer’s mother, became wary of the original chemotherapy treatments. After nearly three months of treatments, MRIs showed the tumors had not grown in size, but Spencer’s condition still wasn’t improving.
“It was almost like watching him die in my arms, and I knew then I would never do another drop of chemotherapy for my kid,” Vonzell said in an interview. “I decided that if I wasn’t going to do chemo then I was going to have to do whatever I could.”
Vonzell began to look at alternative treatments such as cannabis. What she found, was nothing short of amazing.
“Within two weeks he could sit up on his own, he could scoot again and within a month he could start using his hands (again), and his speech took off,” she said. “Literally, I went into the neurosurgeon’s office and he said the tumor in the pineal region was pretty much gone — and it was a big tumor.”
According to Redding.com, other smaller tumors along his spine showed signs of regression as well, and Spencer continued to regain the use of his arms, speak more clearly and make other advances in the following months.
But all of this hope and progress would soon come to an end; thanks to the state’s immoral war on drugs.
Vonzell was receiving donated medical cannabis from medical marijuana grower, James Benno. Benno was experimenting with different strains to find which ones showed the most potential and donating the medicine to the family. They were dialing in Spencer’s treatment and it was really showing promise.
In May of 2014, however, Benno’s medical grow operation was raided by state agents who callously lay waste to the rights of others by kidnapping, caging, and killing people for choosing to ingest a plant.
All of Benno’s plants were confiscated, and he and his two son’s were arrested; for the “crime” of helping people.
Vonzell found it increasingly difficult to find medicine for her son, and they were forced to resort to the pharmaceutical route again. The steroid injections being administered to Spencer quickly took their toll. The cancer returned and several months after showing improvement, Spencer’s health quickly deteriorated.
Days after celebrating his last Easter, Spencer Koptis died.
Spencer’s death was facilitated by men and women who claim to protect society. From the armed agents of the state who were present in the raid to the lawmakers in their marble buildings, all of them are complicit in the killing of this beautiful boy.
Sadly the order givers and the order followers think not about the consequences of their actions, only that they have a job to do. Morality is absent within the confines of the state, which owes its existence to the monopoly it holds on the initiation of violence.
“Just doing your job,” is not a rational basis for attacking, caging, and killing innocent people. Legality does not dictate morality. Until the ones who act as the enforcers of such horrid “laws” wake up to the dystopian reality they are creating, this vicious cycle will continue.