Judge Allows 11-Year-old Girl to Use Medical Marijuana at School

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.

School district officials said they will administer cannabis to the student until they get further clarification from the attorney general.

The lawsuit points out the patch is occasionally ineffective in controlling her seizures. She was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 2, and subsequent chemotherapy triggered debilitating seizures and brain trauma that she continues to experience as an adolescent, said her father Jim Surin.

"That's 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 like", said Maureen Surin. Ashley uses a patch on her foot and an oil extract on her wrists.

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.

"She's more responsive", Surin said.

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A lawyer for the school district said Schaumburg District #54 owes a debt of gratitude to Ashley's family for bringing the issue to light.

Ashley has missed several weeks of school, according to her parents. The child was recently prescribed medical marijuana by doctors to help her regulate seizures that she's struggled with since she was 2.

"We do also share the same concerns and care about (A.S.) and her family in this situation", Schaumburg School District superintendent Andrew DuRoss told USA Today.

"Ashley can not wait to return to school", Glink told NPR.

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. Seizures and traditional medications can be so debilitating to children that marijuana's side effects are far less risky, he said.

"This (will) not just help her, I hope, but it's going to help other kids down the road who need to take cannabis at school for another disease that they need to reverse or treat".

  • Adam Floyd