Illinois Parents File Lawsuit to Allow Daughter to Medicate on School Grounds

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The suit, filed in federal court in Chicago, asks for a preliminary injunction to allow a school employee to help the student store and consume medical cannabis on school property, on school buses and at school-related events in compliance with her doctor's orders.

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.

Her parents say there were side-effects to the chemotherapy and other medical treatments that brought on seizures.

"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 life, and that's why we're here", said Surin, whose daughter has been out of school for two weeks. "My daughter has the same rights", said Maureen Surin, the girl's mother.

The plaintiffs of the federal lawsuit, who are identified by initials, contended the state's ban on taking the drug at school is unconstitutional.

It has reduced her seizures from one to three a day to just one in the past month, and has allowed her to wean off one of her more traditional prescription drugs. "We're amazed with her progress", Surin said.

Could the ruling, the first of its kind, be a trendsetter for other school districts across the nation? That is when the girl uses cannabis oil drops with small amounts of THC on her tongue or wrists to regulate her epilepsy.

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.

Finally, the girl's uncle, "conservatarian" podcaster Mike Opelka, penned a moving insider piece about his niece's struggle to "use medical marijuana in grammar school".

Darcy Kriha, an attorney for the school district, said the school system felt it was in a bind because of how the law was written. She might have to leave school if she is not accommodated, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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