A U.S. judge has allowed the 11-year-old Ashley Surin to take her medically-prescribed marijuana at school. His judgment liberated her and the staff at her elementary school from any fear that they might get into trouble with the law.
Ashley Surin was diagnosed with leukemia when she was only two years old. While her parents previously announced her victory over malicious cancer, her chemotherapy treatments eventually led to her having seizures that continue to this day.
Her mother said medical marijuana combined with a special diet is helping her daughter.
Medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, however, it is not permitted for students to use it in school or have school nurses administer it.
But Surin’s parents, Jim and Maureen, won their case after filing a lawsuit in a federal court against Schaumburg School District 54 and the State of Illinois to allow their daughter to use cannabis in school to treat her seizures, NBC Chicago reported on Monday.
“That’s 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,” said Maureen Surin.
The school district attorney Darcy Kriha said: “The school would like to see a legislative change so that not just Ashley could benefit from this today, but other students can.”
The family agrees with Kriha.
“I hope it’s going to help other kids down the road that need to take cannabis in school for another disease that they need to reverse or treat.”
Ashley is expected to return to school next Tuesday after missing several weeks of school, according to her parents.