Illinois Judge Allows 11-Year Old Student to Take Medical Marijuana at School

Illinois has a limited medical marijuana program that has not gained much traction in the state. However, an Illinois judge has determined that an 11-year old girl contending with epilepsy may take medical marijuana at her school in Chicago.

Cannabidiol or CBD is a cannabinoid found in marijuana that causes no psychoactive effect but seems to have the majority of the medicinal properties found in marijuana. One of the most notable medicinal properties of CBD is that it can reduce seizures. A particular story that has grabbed a lot of headlines is the Alexis Bortell story our of Colorado who is actually suing the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions since crossing state lines with her medical marijuana would be a federal offense.

The plaintiffs of the federal lawsuit, who are identified by initials, contended the state’s ban on taking the drug at school is unconstitutional. They said it denies the right to due process and violates the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Friday’s decision to allow the girl to take medicinal cannabis at school is an agreement between Judge John Blakey and the attorney general.

Illinois’ medical cannabis law prohibits possessing or using marijuana on school grounds or buses.

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.

It is not only significant that the young girl will be taking marijuana at school, but there is no state that even permits the use of cannabis in any public space except for perhaps Massachusetts that has not even started sales of recreational marijuana yet. Will the judge’s decision to permit the little girl to use marijuana at public school get overturned?

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