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

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

A suburban elementary school student will now be allowed to receive medical marijuana treatment at school.

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

"All we wanted was for her to be back in school with her friends on her diet, on her medicine and just go on with her 11-year-old life, and that's why we're here", Surin says.

School district officials said they will administer cannabis to the sixth grader until they get further clarification from the attorney general. He declined to comment on whether he'd like to see IL change its law to accommodate the use of medical marijuana for students. "Our firm represents over a hundred school districts in IL and the ramifications of this today will be felt throughout the state", said Darcy Kriha, attorney for School District 54.

The suit claims that the state's ban on taking the drug at school is unconstitutional because it denies the right to due process and violates the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit says that as a result, the girl suffers seizure disorders and epilepsy. The school says she can't bring her treatments to Hanover Highlands Elementary School, according to the suit filed Wednesday in Chicago federal court.

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The lawsuit points out the patch is occasionally ineffective in controlling her seizures.

Under her doctors' recommendations, the girl wears a medical cannabis patch on her foot, which contains small amounts of THC, the component of marijuana that can make users high.

Her father said she is excited to go back to school on Tuesday.

State school officials made clear that possession or consumption of medical marijuana would violate IL law, DuRoss said. The Surin's said Ashley has improved dramatically since she has been getting the medical marijuana treatments. An assistant attorney general told Blakey his office would allow the school to administer the drug until his office can figure out how to address the state law.

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