Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Girl with cancer sues her elementary school for banning her medical marijuana

Girl with cancer sues her elementary school for banning her medical marijuana

The parents have an 11-year-old daughter who is now undergoing chemotherapy to treat leukemia.

The family's lawyer has requested a preliminary order that would allow the girl to immediately go to school with the patch and let school officials administer cannabis oil drops. Illinois' medical cannabis law prohibits possessing or using marijuana on school grounds or buses.

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

They also contend that denying her daughter the substance means she takes more time off school with illness, breaking a state law which requires her to go to 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.

Parents Jim and Maureen Surin said after the hearing that they were relieved and excited by the ruling because marijuana has been so beneficial for their daughter Ashley. Another hearing is scheduled for January 19.

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An 11 year-old girl with leukemia sued her elementary school after they banned her from taking medical marijuana that she was prescribed.

The state attorney general's office set out their position at a brief court hearing two days after Ashley's parents filed a federal lawsuit against IL and the Schaumburg School District 54.

She'd gone through chemotherapy to treat her leukemia, and became epileptic as a result. Her parents said she beat the leukemia, but some of Ashley's chemotherapy treatments eventually led to her having seizures that continue to this day. Late previous year, a physician prescribed a ketogenic (high fat, low carbohydrate) diet and medical marijuana for Ashley - what her parents say is proving to be a "golden cure".

District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss said Thursday officials there regularly work with parents to devise care plans to accommodate the needs of students with medical conditions but are prohibited by state law from allowing pot on school grounds.

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