Illinois sued for prohibiting ill child from using medical marijuana at elementary school

Illinois sued for prohibiting ill child from using medical marijuana at elementary school

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A Texas family is driving hundreds of miles to a Ft. Worth, Texas hospital with the hopes cannabis oil will stop their 7-year-old’s seizures. USA TODAY CHICAGO—The parents of an 11-year girl with leukemia have sued the state of Illinois and a suburban Chicago school district over a state law that prohibits her from using medical marijuana at school. Illinois passed a medical marijuana law in 2014, but the statute prohibits the consumption or possession of cannabis on public school property. The family argues in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court that the state’s medical marijuana law denies the child due process and violates the federally-mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The girl, identified in the lawsuit as A.S., attends public school in Schaumburg, Ill. School District 54. She was treated for her leukemia with chemotherapy. Those treatments resulted in the child suffering from seizures and epilepsy, the lawsuit said. Four years of traditional treatments and medicine failed to completely regulate her seizures and the side effects hampered her ability to learn, according to the lawsuit. Late last year, her doctors prescribed a medical cannabis patch. The patch, the lawsuit says, improved her health and eased some of the side effects. When the patch alone is insufficient to control her seizures, her physician has also prescribed that she use cannabis oil drops on her tongue or her wrists to regulate her seizures, according to the lawsuit. “The parents have told me that the difference between their daughter (before using medical marijuana) and now is like night and day,” the family’s attorney Steven Glink told USA TODAY. “Her ability, her behavior in general, her whole character, her wellness is completely different. She can viably attend school.” Glink has asked a judge to issue […]

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