11 Year Old’s Prescribed Medical Marijuana use Denied

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.

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SOURCE: Madhani, A. (2018, January 11). USA Today. Illinois sued for prohibiting ill child from using medical marijuana at elementary school. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/01/11/parents-sue-illinois-medical-marijuana-school/1025742001/

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