Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Girl should be allowed to take medical marijuana at school: suit

Not Released Medical marijuana helps an 11-year-old girl deal with seizures
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 15:20

An 11-year-old IL girl who suffered from leukemia can now use medicinal marijuana at her elementary school. On Friday, the state's Attorney General Office assured the Surins and the Schaumburg, Illinois School District 54 that Ashley could use medical marijuana without fear of prosecution.

Medical marijuana helps an 11-year-old girl deal with seizures.


Tom Iopollo, an assistant attorney general for the state, assured attorneys for the suburban Chicago school district and the parents of Ashley Surin that IL would not prosecute the child or any school officials who may administer medical cannabis products to Ashley.

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

"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.

Since getting her state medical marijuana card the first week of December, Ashley Surin has been wearing a patch on her foot and rubbing marijuana oil on her wrist. "And now she can think clearer and she's more alert".

The lawsuit points out the patch is occasionally ineffective in controlling her seizures.

Ashley has been attending school off and on depending on her condition but likely won't be able to continue without her medication, which would be in conflict with a state law requiring children to go to school, said her attorney, Steve Glink.

Ashley Surin had been out of school for about two weeks as this legal drama unfolded. Cannabis oil drops help her get through the school day, according to the lawsuit obtained by USA Today.

The lawsuit notes her physicians have certified her to receive medical marijuana to treat the epilepsy. Friday a federal judge ordered Ashley should be allowed to have the medical marijuana as prescribed at school for the seizures.

The parents, identified in the lawsuit as as J.S. and M.S., say the school is violating the child's rights.

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.