Kids who are prescribed medical marijuana might be allowed to use the drug on school grounds under a Illinois proposal. The legislation would allow parents to give cannabis medication to those kids if and when they need it.
Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says about 250 kids around the state use cannabis-oil patches to treat a range of conditions from epilepsy to cancer. Although medical marijuana has been legal in Illinois since 2013, Lang says the drug is still banned in schools no matter what. “If it was insulin or some other product that is not as controversial as cannabis, no one would have this discussion. But because it’s cannabis and because cannabis is illegal in schools, we had to make this provision.” At a House committee hearing Wednesday, the parents of an 11-year-old girl with epilepsy testified their daughter is one of 250 children in the state who uses medical marijuana. Her mother says the child's severe seizures kept her from school.
"She couldn't talk well, she couldn't walk well, she couldn't learn at school. If I had a dollar for every time somebody told me how much more alert she is, I'd probably pay off our mortgage." Under the measure, only parents and legal guardians could administer the drug while the child is at school, and they’d have to do it somewhere where they wouldn’t be disruptive. It would also only allow those kids to be given smokeless products, like patches.