Earlier this week, parents of a suburban Chicago elementary school student suffering from leukemia sued a Schaumburg-based school district and the state of IL for her to have the right to take medical marijuana at school.
The girl, identified as A.S.in the lawsuit, has seizures and suffers from epilepsy after going through chemotherapy treatments. The patch, the lawsuit says, improved her health and eased some of the side effects.
Since getting her state medical marijuana card the first week of December, Ashley Surin has been wearing a patch on her foot and rubbing marijuana oil on her wrist.
The lawsuit notes her physicians have certified her to receive medical marijuana to treat the epilepsy.
"The parents have told me that the difference between their daughter and now is like night and day", the family's attorney Steven Glink told USA TODAY describing the girl's condition before and after she started medicating with marijuana.
Medical marijuana helps an 11-year-old girl deal with seizures.. "Her ability, her behavior in general, her whole character, her wellness is completely different. She can interact, and can go back to school and learn and not be in a cloud". A judge has set a hearing for Friday.
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School district officials said they will administer cannabis to the sixth grader until they get further clarification from the attorney general.
"We can not legally grant the request", he told the newspaper. Superintendent Andy DuRoss says the district will abide by the law.
The number of Americans who are in favor of legalizing marijuana continues to increase. A lawyer for the school district says she's satisfied with the attorney general's promise, but would like to see a permanent change to marijuana laws in IL.
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.
Officials of nursing organizations generally did not want nurses to administer the drug at schools, as they do with other medications, because they were anxious about the federal law prohibiting marijuana possession, said the sponsor of the law, Colorado state Rep. Jonathan Springer, a Democrat.
Jack died in 2016 at the age of 15 after he helped usher in the change in his state's medical cannabis rules.