Girl should be allowed to take medical marijuana at school: suit

Girl should be allowed to take medical marijuana at school: suit

The parents of a girl who attends elementary school in Schaumburg, IL, have filed a lawsuit against both the state and the school district, arguing that it is essential that their daughter be able to medicate with marijuana on school grounds. While Illinois' medical marijuana program exempts patients from state prosecution, it says they can't use the drug at schools.

The parents have an 11-year-old daughter who is now undergoing chemotherapy to treat leukemia. The Illinois attorney general agreed not to prosecute, and the school district said its goal was to have Ashley back in the classroom. School district officials said Friday they will administer cannabis to the sixth grader until they get further clarification from the attorney general. She overcame a leukemia diagnosis at 2 years old with extensive chemotherapy, but some of her treatments eventually led to having semi regular seizures. "Her brain used to be like in a cloud", Maureen Surin, the girl's mother, told media.

Jim and Maureen Surin have sued the state of IL on behalf of their daughter Ashley (right) over the state's medical marijuana law.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the plaintiffs of the federal lawsuit, who are identified by initials, contend the state's ban on taking the drug at school is unconstitutional. Ashley was out of school for about two weeks as this legal drama unfolded.

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The school district said it had concerns that its employees could face penalties for helping Ashley with her treatments. That is when the girl uses cannabis oil drops with small amounts of THC on her tongue or wrists to regulate her epilepsy.

Although she is now leukemia-free, her doctors have certified her to use medicinal marijuana to treat her seizures.

The girl's doctors explained to officials that she can suffer symptoms that would require marijuana "at any time during the school day", the newspaper reported. The family said Ashley is now being prescribed medical marijuana. Superintendent Andy DuRoss says School District 54 will abide by the law.

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