Judge Rules Kindergartner Can Bring Medical Cannabis to School
A judge with the state office of Administrative Hearings’ Special Education Division has ruled that a 5-year-old student in Santa Rosa may continue bringing a cannabis-based drug to school to treat her rare form of epilepsy.
Judge Charles Marson issued the ruling Friday, siding with the family of Brooke Adams who attends kindergarten in the Rincon Valley Union School District. The school, which argued that state and federal law bans medical marijuana on school grounds, has not yet said whether it plans to appeal. But an assistant superintendent said she appreciates the legal guidance.
"We are happy to have a decision that supports our ability to educate and serve this student in our public schools,” Assistant Superintendent Cathy Myhers explained.
Adams, 5, is accompanied to school by a nurse who administers the oil three days per time to prevent seizures.
State lawmakers recently passed a bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to use prescribed cannabis products on school grounds as long as a district approves. That legislation is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.
Read more about the ruling here.