After a series of violent episodes linked to autism, 19-year-old Dina Dedes struck her father. Her mother, Joanne, turned to a controversial therapy that she says saved her daughter's life — cannabis.

"That was very disturbing for me because I thought, 'Oh my God,' we've got to do something,'" Joanne Dedes said.

"It's your child no matter what and when you come to that point you kind of also question yourself. Where have you failed as a parent? Why you can't control your own child?"

Since Dina was about 10, anxiety and aggression associated with autism has led her to violent outbursts.

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Chris Glover ~ CBC News ~

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