Illinois AG says girl can use medical marijuana at school


An 11 year-old girl with leukemia sued her elementary school after they banned her from taking medical marijuana that she was prescribed.

The couple then asked the school if their daughter could store and use her cannabis on school grounds, but were denied due to state laws.

The state attorney general's office set out their position at a brief court hearing two days after Ashley's parents filed a federal lawsuit against IL and the Schaumburg School District 54.

The Illinois Attorney General agreed not to prosecute, and the school district said its goal was to have Surin back in the classroom with no legal consequences for staff who administer the medicine.

School district officials said they will administer cannabis to the student until they get further clarification from the attorney general. Her parents said she beat the leukemia, but some of Ashley's chemotherapy treatments eventually led to her having seizures that continue to this day. The girl, only identified in the lawsuit as "A.S.", is on a regimen of chemotherapy to treat her Leukemia.

"Her brain used to be like in a cloud, and now she can think clearer and she's more alert", said Maureen Surin, the girl's mother.

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Since getting her state medical marijuana card the first week of December, Ashley Surin has been wearing a patch on her foot and rubbing marijuana oil on her wrist.

The school district said it had concerns that its employees could face penalties for helping Ashley with her treatments. The district would not accommodate them, the suit said.

Ashley Surin had been out of school for about two weeks as this legal drama unfolded. Late a year ago, a physician prescribed a ketogenic (high fat, low carbohydrate) diet and medical marijuana for Ashley - what her parents say is proving to be a "golden cure". Superintendent Andy DuRoss says School District 54 will abide by the law.

Ashley has suffered from seizures for years.

"This (will) not just help her, I hope, but it's going to help other kids down the road who need to take cannabis at school for another disease that they need to reverse or treat".