An 11-year-old sixth-grade girl in Illinois has just been given permission to use medical marijuana on school grounds, a decision that could eventually change the lives of countless kids across the country. While state regulations in medically-friendly states prohibit the use of medical marijuana on school grounds, many believe the ban of MMJ on school grounds is in direct violation of the American’s with Disabilities Act.
Medical Cannabis Relieves Debilitating Seizures 11-Year-Old Ashley Surin Suffers From
Ashley Surin was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two. Although the 11-year-old has been in remission for the past seven years, the chemotherapy drug she used for her cancer caused extensive neurological damage. The result? Incapacitating seizures the young girl experiences on a daily basis.
Last December however, Ashley’s parents started her on medical cannabis. Her treatment with medical marijuana consists of a transdermal patch worn on her foot, and CBD oil that is taken sublingually or dabbed on her wrists. While there are small trace amounts of THC in Ashley’s medicine, the amount is so low that she experiences no psychoactive effects.
When her parents asked the school to allow Ashley to use and store her medical marijuana on school grounds, they were denied by school officials because state law prohibits its use on school grounds. So, they sued.
Forbidding Kids to Use Medical Cannabis at School is an Infringement of Their Rights Under the Individuals With Disabilities Act
The Surin’s lawsuit challenged that forbidding their daughter to take medical cannabis on school grounds violated both the Individuals with Disabilities Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. They argued that while the patch she wears on her foot does work, it isn’t always effective. Thus, it is pertinent that Ashely be permitted to take oil on her wrists and tongue during the school day.
Last Friday, the Surins won their case, and Ashely will be permitted to use medical cannabis on school grounds when needed.
According to her mother, Maureen Surin, “This is not just going to help her. I hope it’s going to help other kids down the road.”
This decision comes as a welcomed relief not just to Ashley and her family, but to other families around the nation who share a similar experience. Several states with medical laws face similar challenges, with countless schools at odds with state and federal laws versus the best interest of a child who needs medical cannabis.
In Ashley’s case, everyone is working in her best interest, including school district officials who will now be working with the Illinois Attorney General on the details of the decision.