Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

11-year-old girl allowed to use medical marijuana at school

11-year-old girl allowed to use medical marijuana at school

The girl's parents sued a Schaumburg-based school district and the state of IL for her to have the right to take medical marijuana at school.

The lawsuit points out the patch is occasionally ineffective in controlling her seizures. Since getting her state medical marijuana card the first week of December, Ashley has been wearing a patch on her foot and rubbing marijuana oil on her wrist.

One study in Israel is studying the effects of cannabis oil on people with severe autism and early returns show it may work miracles.

"The parents have told me that the difference between their daughter (before using medical marijuana) and now is like night and day", family lawyer Steven Glink told USA Today.

The Illinois attorney general's office has told a federal court it will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure disorders.

A federal judge heard from all parties Friday morning and approved a temporary agreement to allow Ashley to receive medical cannabis at her school. A judge has set a hearing for Friday.

State school officials made clear that possession or consumption of medical marijuana would violate IL law, DuRoss said.

The school district said it had concerns that its employees could face penalties for helping Ashley with her treatments.

The Illinois Attorney General agreed not to prosecute, and the school district said its goal was to have Surin back in the classroom with no legal consequences for staff who administer the medicine. "But we can not legally grant the request that was made due to the rules of the IL medical cannabis act". A new Pew Research Survey says 6 out of 10 Americans now support the measure.

But the district denied the fifth grader's request because state law prohibits even medical marijuana on school grounds or school busses.

The family asked the school district to store the medical marijuana on school grounds at Hanover Highlands Elementary in case it was necessary during the school day. An assistant attorney general told Blakey his office would allow the school to administer the drug until the office can figure out how to address the state law.

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