The Latest: AG: Girl can use medical marijuana at school
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on lawsuit to allow 11-year-old to receive marijuana treatment while at school (all times local):
The Illinois attorney general’s office has told a federal court it will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure disorders.
The commitment made to Judge John Blakey on Friday came two days after the student’s parents sued Schaumburg-based District 54 and the state for the girl’s right to take medical marijuana at school. Illinois’ medical cannabis law prohibits possessing or using marijuana on school grounds or buses.
The parents said the policy violates the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
School district officials said they will administer cannabis to the sixth grader until they get further clarification from the attorney general. An assistant attorney general told Blakey his office would allow the school to administer the drug until the office can figure out how to address the state law.
After Friday’s hearing, the girl’s parents said they were relieved and excited by the outcome.
Another hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19.
The parents of a suburban Chicago elementary school student suffering from leukemia are suing a Schaumburg-based school district and the state of Illinois for her to have the right to take medical marijuana at school.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the plaintiffs of the federal lawsuit, who are identified by initials, contend the state’s ban on taking the drug at school is unconstitutional. They say it denies the right to due process and violates the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The 11-year-old student is being treated for leukemia with chemotherapy. The lawsuit says that as a result, the girl suffers seizure disorders and epilepsy.
The lawsuit notes her physicians have certified her to receive medical marijuana to treat the epilepsy.
Illinois’ medical cannabis law prohibits possessing or using marijuana on school grounds or buses. Superintendent Andy DuRoss says School District 54 will abide by the law.
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com