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In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants are a few weeks away from harvest in the “Flower Room” at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Parents in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg filed a lawsuit this week against the state and their local district, arguing the state’s medical marijuana law violates the federal American Disabilities Act and education mandates. Illinois law prohibits the possession or consumption of medical marijuana on public school properties.(Photo: Seth Perlman, AP)
CHICAGO—The parents of an 11-year girl with leukemia have sued the state of Illinois and a suburban Chicago school district over a state law that prohibits her from using medical marijuana at school.
Illinois passed a medical marijuana law in 2014, but the statute prohibits the consumption or possession of cannabis on public school property. The family argues in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court that the state’s medical marijuana law denies the child due process and violates the federally-mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The girl, identified in the lawsuit as A.S., attends public school in Schaumburg, Ill. School District 54. She was treated for her leukemia with chemotherapy. Those treatments resulted in the child suffering from seizures and epilepsy, the lawsuit said.
Four years of traditional treatments and medicine failed to completely regulate her seizures and the side effects hampered her ability to learn, according to the lawsuit.
Late last year, her doctors prescribed a medical cannabis patch. The patch, the lawsuit says, improved her health and eased some of the side