Medical Marijuana at School

This week an 11-year old Fifth Grader in Illinois was allowed to take her medical marijuana to school.

Diagnosed with leukemia, the girl had undergone chemotherapy that led to daily seizures. She applied marijuana at home in foot patches and rubbing oil. It brought her seizures under control.

Her parents asked the school to let her store her treatments there for an emergency. Officials answered that Illinois law outlawed marijuana, even medical marijuana, on school grounds and buses. The family then filed suit in federal court, claiming the school’s ban violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Illinois’ attorney general and the school district agreed with the family that they would not prosecute if the girl did bring her marijuana to school. But they cannot do anything about prosecution under federal law, which still outlaws its possession.