Exemption granted for girl, 11, to use medical marijuana at Schaumburg school


The parents of an 11-year-old girl battling leukemia are suing their IL school district to allow their daughter to take medical marijuana at school.

Finally, the girl's uncle, "conservatarian" podcaster Mike Opelka, penned a moving insider piece about his niece's struggle to "use medical marijuana in grammar school". The child suffers from seizures following a battle with leukemia. "Her brain used to be like in a cloud", Maureen Surin, the girl's mother, told media.

An assistant attorney general told the court that his office would allow the school to administer the drug for the next week without fear of prosecution and until his office can figure out how to address the state law that prohibits possession or use of marijuana at school. They took the legal action after the district said it could not allow the child to wear a medical cannabis patch or use cannabis oil drops prescribed by her physicians.

Friday marked a victory in a suburban couple's battle to allow their 11-year-old daughter to take medical marijuana at school.

The family agrees. They said the state's current medical marijuana laws do not meet reality.

IL passed a medical marijuana law in 2014, but the statute prohibits the consumption or possession of cannabis on public school property.

The plaintiffs of the federal lawsuit, who are identified by initials, contended the state's ban on taking the drug at school is unconstitutional.

And the foot patch is apparently an integral part of her treatment. "And now she can think clearer and she's more alert". Superintendent Andy DuRoss says School District 54 will abide by the law. School district officials said Friday they will administer cannabis to the sixth grader until they get further clarification from the attorney general. Ultimately, she said, state legislators need to come up with a permanent fix. The district would not accommodate them, the suit said. "The school would like to see legislative change so just not Ashley can benefit, but other students can as well".

Traditional treatments have failed to curtail the seizures, but a year ago doctors prescribed A.S.as cannabis patch. The measure was called Jack's Law, for Jack Splitt, a 15-year-old with cerebral palsy who died that year, after the law was passed.