District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss told The Chicago Tribune school officials are just following state law, which prohibits them from allowing pot on school grounds. 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.
Now, thanks to the federal judge ruling and an agreement by the Illinois Attorney General not to prosecute, Ashley is expected to be back in school with the ability for staff to administer the medicine outcome free.
Ashley has suffered from seizures for years. For months a year ago, Ashley had to use a wheelchair after hitting her head during a particularly bad seizure. The chemotherapy treatments led the girl to develop a seizure disorder and epilepsy.
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". A federal judge gave the ruling on Friday after the girl's parents sued their daughter's school district. At the Dirksen Federal Building Friday, U.S. District Judge John Blakey granted the school district an exemption to administer medical marijuana to her if necessary. "It's not a drug".
"Fix the law that's antiquated".
The family agrees. They said the state's current medical marijuana laws do not meet reality. However, the state law prohibits use at schools and dictates that school personnel are not required to be caregivers to administer cannabis, and are not immune from prosecution for possession or distribution of the drug.
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.
And the foot patch is apparently an integral part of her treatment.
"She's more responsive", Surin said. The attorney for Ashley's school district says this decision could help other students. 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.
"This is a case of great importance", said family attorney Steven Glink. Ultimately, she said, state legislators need to come up with a permanent fix. "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 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 previous year doctors prescribed A.S.as cannabis patch.