Judge Lets 5-Year-Old California Girl Take Medical Marijuana To School

A young Santa Rosa, California girl who was barred from bringing medical marijuana to school has received permission to go back to class.

Brooke Adams, 5, suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare and debilitating form of epilepsy that her family has been treating with cannabis oil. Unfortunately, her local school district has banned students from bringing medical marijuana to class. Adams can't go to school without her medicine since the onset of her severe seizures is unpredictable. That means the school had basically barred her from starting kindergarten earlier this year.

Now, the California Office of Administrative Hearings’ Special Education Division has granted a temporary order that will allow Adams to attend school with her medication until the final ruling is made in November. The order both permits Adams to bring her medical marijuana to school and requires that a nurse be available to administer the medication to the young girl as necessary.

With the recent FDA approval of a cannabis-based drug to help prevent seizures, it seems likely that many more schools will be challenged for discriminatory practices that prevent students like Adams from attending school. And if her family wins her case, they could set a precedent for allowing medical marijuana in schools across the country.

h/t The Press Democrat


Local officials and law enforcers often have fears that allowing legal cannabis shops to operate within their jurisdictions will have detrimental effects. Some people fear that allowing pot shops in their neighborhood will increase violent crime rates, allow young people easier access to the drug and lower the property value of surrounding homes. But is any of that true?

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