Girl, 11, Can Use Medical Marijuana at School: Judge


Her parents, Jim and Maureen Surin, filed a lawsuit in federal court against Schaumburg School District 54 and the State of IL to allow Ashley to use cannabis in school to treat her seizures.

After Friday's hearing, the girl's parents said they were relieved and excited by the outcome. The Surin's say their now 11-year-old daughter Ashley was diagnosed with leukemia and started having seizures after treatments. Her parents spent several years using "traditional" medications to deal with her seizure disorder but nothing worked, according to a federal lawsuit. A recent prescription for medical marijuana is illegal in some places in IL, including her Schaumburg school.

"She can think better, walk better, talk better her brain used to be like in a cloud", her mother Maureen Surin said.

'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.

Medical marijuana is legal in IL, and it is against current law for students to use it in school or have school nurses administer it.

Andy DuRoss, Superintendent of Schaumburg School District 54 said that though officials are concerned for the student's health, they can not legally allow the girl to use medical marijuana on school grounds due to the Illinois Medical Cannabis Act.

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Ashley has been out of school for about two weeks as this legal drama unfolded.

School officials say they can't do much right now. "No one's saying she wants to fire up a bong in math class", the judge said, reported the Chicago Tribune.

The school district said it had concerns that its employees could face penalties for helping Ashley with her treatments. Her parents say she can't go to the school without it. The district would not accommodate them, the suit said.

Glink has asked a judge to issue a preliminary order that would allow the girl to immediately attend school wearing the medical marijuana patch and allow school officials to administer the cannabis oil drops as needed.

DuRoss noted that the district nurses and teachers work with many students who have special medical needs that require administering drugs.