Parents Sue State of Illinois to Allow Medical Marijuana on School Campuses

January 12, 2018
OAN Newsroom

The parents of a child battling leukemia are suing the state of Illinois to allow their daughter the ability to use medical marijuana at school.

Court documents show a school district located in a suburb of Chicago is also named in the recent suit after it prohibited the 11-year-old from bringing medical cannabis patches and oil drops on campus.

A syringe loaded with cannabis oil at a university research laboratory in Fort Collins, Colo. Parents of an elementary school student have sued a Schaumburg-based school district for the right for their daughter to take medical marijuana to school to regulate her epilepsy. (David Zalubowski / AP)

Doctors say the treatments have helped control the student’s seizures, which are a result of chemotherapy.

Current state law prevents individuals from possessing medical marijuana on school grounds and buses.

The superintendent of the district said they will comply with the court’s final ruling.

  • Lightbox9

    Cannabis has never cured anything. It has doped down an entire continent (Africa), because its only quality is to instil delusion and dependency in the brain and nervous system of the user.

  • Bannaghar

    Parents should be examined for Munchausen by Proxy syndrome.

  • Lightbox9

    The child is better off dead, as are his pot-head parents, whose own dreadful addiction led to his horrible state of health.

    • Naes Sen

      You’d make a disgusting parent.

      • Lightbox9

        Thank you. Keep getting high and deluding yourself.

  • NurseMommie

    I am not in favor of “recreational” marijuana use, but I think it is way past time for marijuana to be rescheduled to a Level II controlled substance. It does have proven medicinal value, including reducing seizure activity, reducing nausea, and stimulating appetite (many cancer patients are prescribed marinol for this). If the drug is rescheduled to Level II, there would be no reason for the school system to refuse to allow this student to receive her scheduled doses at school.

    • Bannaghar

      Marijuana has no medicinal value.
      See International Opium Convention.

  • Indread Cold

    Is this just the CBD oil? Some students take Adderall during class btw.

    • landy fincannon

      Indeed. With horrendous side effects too.

      • Zotus

        Indeed! We have become a pill popping society. There is research that shows some of these mass shootings could be the result of side effects some of these prescription drugs give.

        • landy fincannon

          Yes, being a good parent now, means you put your kids on dome mind altering drug. That the school has recommended.

          • Naes Sen

            Try taking your child out of public school and see what kind of BS you WILL encounter from the state and government. Truancy officers anyone? You have no parental rights if you send your child to a poor public school.

      • Talkie Tina

        Excuse me, teacher, while I go smoke a joint. Doctor prescribed.

        • landy fincannon

          Clearly you’ve not done any research. NO ONE GETS HIGH ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

          • Talkie Tina

            Clearly you have never smoked any.

            Your caps are locked. Unless you are yelling.

          • Talkie Tina

            Clearly you have never smoked any. Medical pot is most potent THC ever.

            I am a molecular biologist. Why do you diss me so? Jealous?

            PS your Caps are locked. Unless you always yell.

            TIME FOR BED

          • landy fincannon

            No one is smoking here. Least of all the little girl.

          • Talkie Tina

            Quit trying to bash me please. Just ignore me and move on, better than being an idiot.

            People have short memories. Just back off now, while you still can.

          • Stan d

            And I’m Albert Einstein reincarnated. No one wants to hear about “potency” from someone who never uses it.

          • Talkie Tina

            Yes but you discovered the universe, and quantum physics, so who needs all the potency BS?

          • Stan d

            Exactly, who needs to hear all the “potency” BS when 198 proof Everclear alcohol is readily available to the public. Who needs to hear “facts” from people who have had nothing to do with what they’re preaching about. Hey Feinstein, what kind of AR-15 should I buy? Asinine.

          • Talkie Tina

            Wow. Are you married?

        • Stan d

          Excuse me teacher while I go take my legal prescription tramadol and drool all over the desk for 8 hours

          • Talkie Tina

            Excuse me teacher, while go drink a beer, because my doctor said it would help my inferiority complex.

          • Stan d

            Excuse me teacher while I go smoke a legal cigarette, because it relaxes the intense stress of learning anything new and useful.

      • Stan d

        No more recreational Advil. No more recreational coffee. No more recreational sugar. No more recreational food. No more recreational exercise. Let’s just live our lives they way they want, under their complete control. Because the government has all the answers and would never lie to us and lead us astray for their own intentions.

    • Talkie Tina

      Prescribed, not recreational.

      Unless the moms steal it.

    • Bannaghar

      The whole ADHD is BS too. Why medicate fidgets?

  • Talkie Tina

    In Brave New World novel, by Aldoux Huxley; Everybody was allowed Soma. Day and night, working or in school. Just take Soma, best most perfect drug ever.

    The Government would deliver it to your door. Just shut up and be happy.

  • Talkie Tina

    This is a dichotomy. If the legal age to smoke pot is 21, then a high school kid using pot for medical reasons, is like saying, whiskey makes my cold better, so I can drink it at school, or come to school after I drink it.

    • Stan d

      No one is smoking anything, CBD oil has no THC, but you knew that already, right?

      • Talkie Tina

        No what is CBD oil?

        • Stan d

          My point exactly, do a little research or do I have to teach you myself?

          • Talkie Tina

            No you are a troll. I looked at your profile.

          • Stan d

            Canabidiol (CBD) is a non psychoactive compound found in Cannabis that counterbalances the psychoactive effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it helps with pain, inflammation, anxiety, psychosis, seizures and many other ailments from diseases to viruses etc;

          • Talkie Tina

            canabanoid reseporters in our bodies. Look it up

          • Stan d

            Endocannabinoid receptors…

          • Talkie Tina

            Of course they are inside the body,.

            Exocanabiod receptors do not exist.

          • Talkie Tina

            Idiot alert

          • Stan d

            Ignorance alert

          • Talkie Tina

            Thanks for the warning.

  • Tony Anthony

    I am sorry for the child, But my answer would be NO to medical marijuana on school grounds. If the child is that sick, and is having seizure disorders due to chemo then have the child stay home. Every school district in cook county has the ability to have remote education, this includes the Schaumburg school district, which also happens to be a healthy and wealthy school district. This is nothing more then parents causing problems of trying to push the system to there own agenda.

    • landy fincannon

      I thought medical marijuana was legalized in Illinois

      • Talkie Tina

        Is medical alcohol, or medical crystal meth?

        • landy fincannon

          A serious question and this. Thanks.

          • Talkie Tina

            There is not one prescription drug, we are allowed to take, recreationally. So why this one?

            The entire thing is nuts. But I suppose we are breaking new ground here.

            My input, it’s either a recreational drug, or a prescription, but never both.

            If it’s now recreational, then it is no longer a prescription. It’s like beer.
            You must be 21 to buy it. Oh my. No using it at school.

          • landy fincannon

            You act as if marijuana has always been illegal, when quite the opposite is the case.
            Do you think I should be allowed to consume raw milk if I so choose?
            The government does not.

          • Talkie Tina

            My grandmother, born in 1900, was alive in the days when cocain and morphine were legal.

            My mom used to buy raw milk “under the counter,” from the local health food store, when we were kids. You had to shake it up before you poured it, so not to get a mouth full of cream.

            What was your point again?

          • landy fincannon

            Just enjoy your malum prohibitum laws.
            The only thing preventing the government from making anything illegal is nothing.

            BTW,the maxim in law used to be ” if there is no victim there was no crime “

          • Talkie Tina

            Wow you are like a liberal. Good for you.

          • landy fincannon

            Liberal, sure, in the classic sense. You bet, just like the founding fathers.

          • Stan d

            Plenty of sane conservatives agree with you sir.

          • landy fincannon

            At one time you could order morphine and a hypodermic needle from Sears and Roebuck.

            Coke-Cola had cocaine as an ingredient. So drug laws are a relatively new control mechanism in this feudal society.

          • Talkie Tina

            I know. We missed all the fun. My grandma didn’t though.

          • landy fincannon

            That really wasn’t my point.

          • Talkie Tina

            What was it then? Please, enlighten us.

          • landy fincannon

            There’s not much more that can be said.
            We were only given three forms of law.
            Common law required a victim.
            Equity law dealing with contracts. Were both parties have equal standind , due to full disclosure.

            Then the mother of all laws. Admiralty law. With compelled compliance. Which was one of the grievances listed by the founding fathers.
            That admiralty law had indeed come on shore.

          • Talkie Tina

            Will you please stop bashing everything I say. It is not attractive, it just looks like you are jealous of a new comer to this site.

          • Stan d

            Advil, ibuprofen, Tylenol, everything in the pharmacy isle at any store.

          • Talkie Tina

            Good, marajuana cigarettes, in any isle, at any store, coming soon.

            I’m good with that.

          • Stan d

            People are free to decide for themselves, this is America, you know, freedom, liberty, independence, those little “insignificant” things you forget about. Don’t like something? don’t do it. No one is putting a gun to your head forcing you to do anything, yet the government has no problem doing just that to their own people.

          • Talkie Tina

            And you think I disagree with that? Why? Because you are drunk or something?

          • Stan d

            Because your fear-hate filled rhetoric keeps spilling out everywhere. You clearly have no idea what you’ve been saying.

          • Naes Sen

            Non psychoactive CBD oil in any store, I am very good with that.

          • Talkie Tina

            PS those are not prescription drugs.

          • Stan d

            Any doctor, dentist can prescribe ibuprofen, Tylenol etc; so yes it is.

          • Talkie Tina

            But you don’t need a prescription to buy it, now do you.

          • Stan d

            Low dosage 200s nope, high dosage 800s, yup.

        • Stan d

          Cannabis isn’t alcohol or Meth. Apples to oranges to peaches to potatoes to beef jerky to pizza…

          • Talkie Tina

            Do you live in Oregon? You sure sound
            Ike it.

          • Talkie Tina

            I don’t think peaches and potatoes get us high. Let me know if I have missed something.

          • Stan d

            Sugar does, also cause heart disease, obesity, diabetes, tooth rot, withdrawl etc;

        • Naes Sen

          What medicine can you produce from alcohol or Meth? You do realize crystal meth was created by the government and given to pilots during WW2 to keep them awake during long missions? And with disastrous effect.

      • Naes Sen

        It is, but public schools are Federal property. The feds would rather you pay them for chemical poisons to kill your child, if you refuse their unhelpful “cure” they would rather your child die in agony than use something that has proven to work and threatens Pharmaceuticals profits. Cannaceuticals are the future, and they know it.

    • Talkie Tina

      That’s true. Home schooling can be done on line now. No physical teacher needed.

  • landy fincannon

    Wait! I thought medical marijuana was legalized in Illinois.

    Anyway what parent wouldn’t seek out help for their child regardless of idiotic law?

    Do you think it should be your choice to consume raw milk or not?
    What about a stupid seatbelt?
    Liberty means the right to choose has long as you harm no one else.

    Some of you folks act like marijuana has always been forbidden.

  • Swampdrainer

    What’s next? Planned Parenthood on campus?

    • Talkie Tina

      Is it not there yet?

  • Pezgun

    Was it prescribed? Schools have no authority to interfere with use of prescribed medication. But just because your state has legalized posession does not automatically mean you can take it just anywhere. But if it’s prescribed legal treatment and the board still won’t listen, such suits are necessary. Notice they said they’d accept the court’s decision.
    Some states school systems may require all medications be registered with, administered under supervison of, or even be administered by their own health professional. Remember, they’re all bucking federal law by letting you have it in the first place. Try to play nice.

  • Rick

    The country’s schools are hell-holes anyway. A student should be allowed to bring marijuana to school and share it with his or her friends just to get through the day. I mean, the concept just fits perfectly with the insane, upside-down thinking of the people in this country today. L….O…..L

  • jack

    No one should have control of what you take.

    • J. Waltam

      I agree. Airline pilots, aircraft mechanics, military people, medical professionals, engineers, commercial vehicle/machinery operators, law enforcement personnel, railroad engineers, educators, ship captains, bankers/wealth managers, safety inspectors, etc., should all be free to ingest what they want, whether on or off duty.

      • landy fincannon

        You’d be surprised by the number of functional junks. Rush Limbaugh comes to mind.

  • MG8423

    Oh Heck yes… what could possibly go wrong??? OH my the country is so screwed up…

    Semper Fi

    • Naes Sen

      Rejecting scientific evidence, studies and knowledge from very well respected doctors, researchers and scientists from all over the planet, rejecting the will of We the People, making a plant illegal under racist context, making it illegal to collect rain water, forcing people to pay and wait on a waiting list up to a year to sleep under a tree in a state park. Yeah this country is very screwed up alright.

      Semper Paratus

      • MG8423

        ??

        • twidgetZack

          Semper Paratus is a Latin phrase, meaning “Always ready”.

          • MG8423

            NO, I was wondering exactly what the rest of the post meant….lol

    • Rick in TX

      What exactly could go wrong with a cannabis patch?

      • Stan d

        Apparently it will “fry your brain”

        • Naes Sen

          Their logic is anything to do with this plant will “fry your brain” it’s like trying to teach a zombie.

  • landy fincannon

    The lack of knowledge
    surrounding the prohibition of marijuana is astonishing.

    You’d think that drug use/ abuse has been illegal from our founding.

    In fact once the government figured out how to monetize behavior ( malum prohibitum) the only thing limiting the city, county, state, or Federal Government. Has been their imagination.

    The first attempt to regulate marijuana began with the Marijuana Tax Act passed in 1937 Oddly enough, past one year after the film Reefer Madness.

    Few people even realize that you could order morphine and a hypodermic needle through Sears and Roebuck.

    • Zotus

      Too many people have drank the government koolaide believing that the war on drugs has anything in reality to do with drugs rather than a convenient way to control segments of the population. They should really do some research on the Nixon administration to find the true political motivations behind the war on drugs.

      • landy fincannon

        Indeed.
        The explosion of malum prohibitum laws should be an offense to all.

  • Bannaghar

    Parents? Two people sue?
    The rest of the parents should file class action lawsuits.

    • landy fincannon

      For?

      • Bannaghar

        No scientific evidence of medical benefits from marijuana.

        • Naes Sen

          Plenty of scientific evidence of medical benefits from Cannabis.

        • landy fincannon

          So, you’re saying the parents have ulterior motives?

  • Bannaghar

    Administered it through his son’s feeding tube? He should be in prison.

  • Naes Sen

    Mike Hyde and Cash Hyde, Charlotte Gigi, Mykayla Comstock, Yuval Dar, Larry Smith, Montell Williams, Carl Sagan, Michael J Fox, Greg Cooper, Ian Frizell. Among millions of others are themselves physical proof and evidence of the miracles of nature.

  • Independentconservative

    Ifs so funny to see everyone not knowing anything but what was told in the wacky tobacky days.

  • R Honaker

    After reading some of these comments I believe some of y’all Came over from Yahoo

  • Lightbox9

    I think the kid’s better off dead. As are his stoner parents, whose habit brought him into this world so defective.

    • Naes Sen

      You dont deserve to have children.

  • airstart

    What difference could it make, the medical marijuana will just fit right in with all the rest of the drugs on campus. Who’ll even notice.

  • Twinkle Toes

    Why can’t the parent go to the school and administer the drug across the street or whatever? This does not require a lawsuit. There is a low-key, unobtrusive way to handle this situation without bringing attention to your child. I would be humiliated if my parents did this.

    • Jack Green

      I agree. Too many people think tort is their way out if they can’t get their way. I’m all for medical marijuana, but dead against recreational usage. Too many problems caused by alcohol and opiate use. Why do we need another?

      • Stan d

        Cannabis is neither alcohol or opium. Apples and oranges.

        • Jack Green

          Doesn’t matter what ever you call it, still doesn’t need to be legalized for recreational use. Peaches and pears or whatever…..don’tt need it.

          • Naes Sen

            Then don’t do it. Quit trying to impose your beliefs and feelings on everyone else and force them to do what you want. It’s poorly made Americans like you that piss all over our constitution and deface freedom.

          • Jack Green

            Fine. I just don’t want to be sharing then road with distracted drivers. Just notice one thing; I choose to be respectful in discussions on this forum. If that’s a “poorly made American”, so be it. How about rude and dis-respectful people who find it necessary to be that way when they disagree?

      • Indread Cold

        If weed is illegal than alcohol should be. Also, you cant get rid of it just by making it illegal. You just make it extremely profitable for criminals. Prohibition. However it’s good to hear somone who is aginst rec use but not blind to the benefits of medical applications.

  • Talkie Tina

    How old do you have to be to smoke legal weed. 18 or 21?

    I am just curious. I have not heard any mention of legal age.

    • Stan d

      21

    • Stonecrusher

      Check with the state’s that allow it. It’s still illegal regarding federal laws.

      • Stan d

        Alaska 1998, ballot measure 8
        Arizona 2010, proposition 203
        Arkansas 2016, ballot measure 6
        California 1996, proposition 215
        Colorado 2000, ballot amendment 20
        Connecticut 2012, house bill 5389
        Delaware 2011, Senate Bill 17
        Florida 2016, ballet amendment 2
        Hawaii 2000, Senate Bill 862
        Illinois 2013, house bill 1
        Maine 1999, ballot question 2
        Maryland 2014, house bill 881
        Massachusetts 2012, ballot question 3
        Michigan 2008, proposal 1
        Minnesota 2014, Senate Bill 2470
        Montana 2004, initiative 148
        Nevada 2000, ballot question 9
        New Hampshire 2013, house bill 573
        New Jersey 2010, Senate Bill 119
        New Mexico 2007, Senate bill 523
        New York 2014, assembly bill 6357
        North Dakota 2016, ballot measure 5
        Ohio 2016, house bill 523
        Oregon 1998, ballot measure 67
        Pennsylvania 2016, Senate Bill 3
        Rhode Island 2006, Senate Bill 0710
        Vermont 2004, Senate Bill 76
        Washington 1998, initiative 692
        Washington DC 2010, amendment act b18-622
        West Virginia 2017, Senate Bill 386

        All passed.

        • Stonecrusher

          Sorry, Stan, your response gives statistics, not age.

          • Stan d

            Sorry Stone, your question was about who allowed it, not age.

          • Stonecrusher

            FYI, “Talkie Tina” asked “how old do you have to be to smoke legal weed, 18 or 21?” Your statistics do not answer the question to which I had replied check with the states.

          • Stan d

            Had you scrolled down half an inch I had already answered her question.

    • Indread Cold

      Legal in washington is 21. Pretty sure thats everywhere in the us (the states that allow it)

      • Talkie Tina

        Thanks, I think that is a wise law.

  • Talkie Tina

    Hey, since there is no article on it, Trump passed his physical today. Healthiest President ever.

    • Numerical Logic

      Really, how did you find out?
      But if that’s true, good for him.

      • Talkie Tina

        Article on Newsmax.

  • I would love to see pot legal, if for no other reason than the government has no ability to control it. But until it is government entities like schools have real legal problems with allowing its use. The school isn’t to blame in this.

    • Talkie Tina

      It should be up to each state, if Legal. Like alcohol after prohibition was lifted. Prohibition was a federal law that made alcohol illegal. After it was lifted, each state decided.

      • DickGoesinya69

        States left it up to each County to decide.

  • Naes Sen

    The U. S had given Israel millions of dollars over the course of more than half a century to study this plant. To this day Israel had found numerous medical uses with this plant of life.

  • BigMark

    All of the preaching and screeching about cannabis makes me wonder if any of these wanna be pot heads were around in the 60’s and 70’s and saw the results of the heads back then as they lost IQ points, or moved on to other, stronger sources of frying their brains.
    The other thing that rapidly comes to mind is the pro pot politicians are for pot legalization because of the tax revenue that they get to spend. Pretty sleezy way to take care of public business, and it definitely makes the lib/progressive/dem. show their DNA when they start spending the tax revenue BEFORE any of it actually hits the public coffers.
    (What will the Feds do with the law that says it’s illegal? The bungs don’t have a clue!)

    • Naes Sen

      You can blame the government for introducing LSD to those people.

      • landy fincannon

        Fact.

      • BigMark

        OK, and the govt. also introduced us to Nukes….but it doesn’t mean we have to use them.

        • Naes Sen

          You can’t consume a nuclear weapon.

    • Indread Cold

      Your saying you should take somones choice away because they could abuse it. Let’s start getting rid of fast food because if you eat it habitually it will make you fat and unhealthy.

  • Stan d

    The U.S has been at war with a plant, and they’re losing.

    • A marcus Young

      The plant is fine. Its the dumb-asses who are smoking it and getting hooked that are the problem.

      • Stan d

        Hooked? Do people get hooked on aspirin because it takes away a headache or toothache? No one has ever gone all “itchy and scratchy” for some Cannabis, I knew a man who use to suck d*** for cocaine, that’s an addiction.

        • A marcus Young

          No people do not get hooked on aspirin. They do get hooked on marijuana. Like you are.

          • Talkie Tina

            No marajuana is not addictive. Opioids are.

          • Stan d

            Not addictive at all, anyone who uses it recreationally can stop anytime they want with no adverse side effects, you should know this though, you are the expert, right?

  • A marcus Young

    Marijuana is a schedule one drug. This case should not be heard, and everyone in the family drug tested. There is no medical benefit to marijuana and ESPECIALLY it should not be provided to children.

    • Stan d

      Ignorance is bliss..

  • landy fincannon

    There is no profit in a cure.

    • A marcus Young

      A cure does not reduce profit.

      • landy fincannon

        Wait! What?
        If you’re cured you’re of your meds.

        • A marcus Young

          The dope dealers do not want that.

        • A marcus Young

          Exactly ;))

      • Stan d

        The states and citizens want to make a profit to fix their ravaged economy, taking money away from dirty black market suppliers and putting it to good use.

    • Talkie Tina

      That is why cancer is still around.

      • Stan d

        Can’t get anywhere in terms of research and development for viable applications when it’s illegal for anyone to even possess any amount, we have to either do it secretly against unjust Federal laws or through third parties from foreign countries like Canada and Israel.

      • Naes Sen

        It’s not around in the people who use it.

  • Butthep

    What next? Sue for allowing kids to smoke M in classes?

    • Stan d

      Your folly is showing

  • So if the school were to permit medical pot on school grounds and thus endorse its use, where would they stand when the feds begin enforcing the law again? Seems to me the parents are making their argument to the wrong people.

  • LucaBrasi

    Must be super parents to divert a great deal of attention from their daughter and her fight to fight weather the state will allow a certain group of students to use marijuana at school. Besides that, if a child has epilepsy, do they bring their own meds to school, or does the school nurse dispense them?

    • ShortSweet

      Yeah, takes a hell of a parent to fight for a daughter’s right to hit the bong at school. How about home schooling so you’re sure your daughter is being taken care of properly.

      • Naes Sen

        You don’t smoke CBD oil.

      • Naes Sen

        You don’t smoke CBD oil.

      • LucaBrasi

        …especially while they watch her dying. “Honey, Did you call the attorneys today? Don’t forget to fill out the disposition.”

  • landy fincannon

    I wonder how concerned the school is about Psychotropic drugs?
    How often have this same schools encouraged the parents to put their sons on seroquel, Prozac, Paxil ,Zoloft, or any other such drugs.

    • A marcus Young

      Those are safe and not illegal.

      • landy fincannon

        SAFE? Are you kidding?
        Look at the side effects, those are some of the same types of drugs that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were on.
        As a matter of fact a good number of mass shooters were on psychotropic drugs.

        • A marcus Young

          Marijuana was re-scheduled as a schedule one drug as recently as October 2016. Jeff Sessions just reascended any protections for states who are violating federal law. Schedule one drugs are addictive, harmful, and have no proven medical value. They are illegal. What is it about illegal that you do not understand?

      • Stan d

        About as safe as heroin

        • A marcus Young

          Are you not aware of the National Emergency declared over the use of heroin? The mass shooters were radicalized Democrats who were not taking their medication as prescribed. They needed the medication to compensate for prior drug abuses.

    • ShortSweet

      One of the determining factors of scrimping to send my grandson to a private school was what I was told by a public school teacher. 25% of first and second grade students are sent to school with prescription meds for behavior problems — meds dispensed by teachers to maintain order. Strange, but I don’t remember that being necessary when my kids were in school. What is going on in our education system?

      • DickGoesinya69

        Those parents are using the public schools to raise their children.You, myself,and many others raise their children at home,using school to educate our children.

    • ShortSweet

      One of the determining factors of scrimping to send my grandson to a private school was what I was told by a public school teacher. 25% of first and second grade students are sent to school with prescription meds for behavior problems — meds dispensed by teachers to maintain order. Strange, but I don’t remember that being necessary when my kids were in school. What is going on in our education system?

  • landy fincannon

    The war on pot began with the war on industrial hemp.
    The chemical companies lobbied congress to make hemp illegal. Which is one of the most versatile plants on God’s green earth.

    No it’s the pharmaceutical lobby that is keeping the federal government from recognizing the health benefits of medical marijuana

    • A marcus Young

      No its because marijuana has been around for thousands of years. It is world renowned as a gateway drug. The Surgeon General states that “marijuana has no recognized medicinal value” In fact it has been scheduled as an extremely addictive drug as recently as October 2016 by the Obama Administration.

      • Uncle_Pinko

        Gateway drug? Great talking point … from the 1950’s!

        • A marcus Young

          That was back when tobacco growers were telling you that cigarettes were good for your health, was natural, and cured cancer.

      • landy fincannon

        You do know that the Founding Fathers grew hemp, correct?
        Anyway we’re not talking about smoking a joint to get high.
        Like millions do everyday on alcohol.
        Not to mention the lives that are destroyed through alcoholism.

        Hemp is a very versatile plant and was used for anything from auto parts to fuel.

        • Stan d

          Hemp used to be a requirement by law for people to grow, you could also pay your taxes in hemp.

          • landy fincannon

            Interesting I didn’t know that.

          • A marcus Young

            Assuming he isn’t telling you a lie.

          • Stan d

            Plenty to read about in George Washington’s diaries.

          • A marcus Young

            That was the plant without THC. Besides it is no longer that way. Now you get arrested if you grow it.

          • Stan d

            Tobacco companies kill 400,000 of their own satisfied customers worldwide every year, alcohol kills 88,000 in the U.S every year, ibuprofen kills 3443 people each year in the U.S, vending machines kill up to 3 people per year, Cannabis 0.

        • A marcus Young

          Many of them also owned slaves. Aaron Burr, a Vice-President even murdered someone, That does not make any argument what-so-ever. You cannot grow hemp without growing marijuana. Hemp is toxic to everything around it, and it destroys the soil. It requires major energy to produce, There are many materials that match or exceed hemp in strength. Its best to keep it illegal so drug cartels cannot grow and sell it to your children,

          • Stan d

            Cannabis is not alcohol.

      • Stan d

        Gateway to the kitchen, your propaganda is old and has been shot down by science, attorney generals are not scientists. Sugar is far more addictive and deadly yet you cram it down children’s throats every day.

        • A marcus Young

          Dumb-ass The Surgeon General IS a medical doctor. I do not think children should have anything crammed down their throats, or lungs. Marijuana is definitely out.

          • Naes Sen

            Your hubris and extensive vocabulary aside, furnish this evidence and statistical facts you believe so much in.

  • ShortSweet

    Just what we need on campus … legal drugs. Gives a whole new meaning to “can of worms” … how about home schooling or off-campus tutoring. As a parent of two SIUE students, you can count my vote NEGATIVE on this one.

  • Biform25

    The medication in question does not get a person high, and is proven to be very helpful in many cases.

    Consider home schooling.

    • A marcus Young

      Oh really? Where has it been proven helpful? Willie Nelson, Cheech and Chong are not valid references . You do realize the government states that it has no recognized medicinal value…right?

  • Diane Coto

    Funny how in my day, parents focused on a good education for their kids. Now, be damned with the education, give them drugs.

    • landy fincannon

      Try medication.

    • Uncle_Pinko

      Did you miss the part where the child has leukemia?

      • A marcus Young

        I dont think anyone missed that part. In fact I believe that is why people are upset that this child is not receiving credentialed medical care. No doctor would ever prescribe an illegal drug for treatment of cancer, Marijuana does not cure cancer now matter how many music stars tell you that.

        • Uncle_Pinko

          You obviously didn’t read the article, and seem to be quite uneducated about this topic in general. The marijuana was not prescribed to treat the cancer, rather to help with seizures that the child was having as a result of the chemotherapy.

          • A marcus Young

            The American Epileptic Society has firmly stated that marijuana has no medicinal value in stopping seizures. One British doctor stated he recognized that a child stopped seizures after being “taken off” with barbiturates and other narcotics (well no dugh!). Not a single reputable person or organization agrees with his assessment. In fact most of them have observed that the seizures actually worsened when marijuana was introduced. There are surgical solutions that are working to cure epilepsy permanently. resective surgery
            multiple subpial transection
            hemispherectomy
            corpus callosotomy

        • Stan d

          Doctors had NO issue prescribing medical Cannabis to anyone before the Reefer Madness era.

          • A marcus Young

            Sure Dr. El Chapo, Dr. Vinney “the Chin” , Dr Scar-face , Dr. Capone. I’m sure they would have prescribed you with all kinds of pain killers. They would hook you up real nice like.

          • Naes Sen

            El Chapo produced and smuggled heroin, cocaine and dirty ‘marijuana’ grown under unsupervised, unknown conditions. Vincent Louis Gigante was a criminal mob boss. Scarface is a fictional character. And Al Capone was a bootlegger smuggling alcohol. None were doctor’s.

      • Diane Coto

        the public school system is probably not the best place for a child who is so vulnerable to illnesses.

  • If you kid is having (or had) chemotherapy, their immune system is going to be weakened. Why are you keeping your child in school with dozens of sick kids instead of home schooling?

    • Living in the Times

      Good point. Schools are breeding grounds for germs. I guess the parents are trying to keep some normalcy in the kids life.

    • Keneke

      I’m sure all of her doctors and her parents are far more aware of any risks due to the environment in school or the world in general, these risks, if any, would be discussed and strongly considered…but apparently the parents of the child, who has thus far survived Cancer, don’t have any Idea of what they are exposing their child to…Really???

      • intimeforthedime

        Good story, now tell the one about the parents who lost their child to peanut oil because another student shared their peanut butter and jelly sandwich with him. The kid who died was allergic to nuts. So where does your “parents” know best BS fit into that situation.

        Freaking people think they know everything. Sit down and STFU.

        • Keneke

          Apples and Oranges…What are the facts, any kid with know allergies to peanuts would never take bite of another kids sandwich, Your are correct, “Freaking people think they know everything. Sit down and STFU.”

          • intimeforthedime

            You don’t use google much I see…

    • A marcus Young

      I would like to know why a young child has Leukemia. Maybe we need to find out why before we can determine how we can cure it. Isnt some of that charity going into finding a cure?

      • Independentconservative

        Lol no, marijuana will mot cause leukemia. People should really do research

      • Tony Anthony

        No, marijuana does not cause Leukemia. To be honest, childhood leukemia is one of the most common cancers in children.

      • Zotus

        That’s like the myth that cigarettes cause cancer. Smoking can increase the risk of getting cancer but it doesn’t cause it. Many things increase risk such as driving increases the risk of dying in a traffic accident yet we still do.

    • Zotus

      This is Illinois and by law children must attend public school or parents can be charged and arrested even for simply missing school several days. There are some exceptions built into the law not sure what all but perhaps these parents don’t meet those exceptions and are required by law to keep their kid in public school.

      • Bobby Green

        So in Illinois you can’t home school your child? Just asking. The government controls every thing about us.

        • Zotus

          You can but you have to meet certain guidelines under state law that could be restrictive to many. I just took a brief look at the requirements and it could be rough if for whatever reason the county chose to challenge you meeting those guidelines.

  • Let the kid on chemo puke!

    • Living in the Times

      Wow, really??? That is one miserable messed up thing to say! Shame on you!

      • I regret nothing! Let the kid puke up. Let him feel lucky he isn’t from a ****hole country.

        • Living in the Times

          You do realize the kid is “puking” from a medicine that is very strong because he has a deadly disease that could take his life…right??? I hope you receive the same compassion from those around you. Beware karma..she bites!

          • I don’t care. The kid was born, that’s all that matters. Let’s wrap this up, I’m leaving early to go golfing.

          • Winabego

            You seem to need a good dose of whoop ass hope you get it soon.

          • Some governor said he would. I’m just going to hide under my desk till tee time.

          • A marcus Young

            I certainly would not let them smoke dope.

          • Uncle_Pinko

            It’s not smoked, you take it in the form of an oil.

          • A marcus Young

            Why it has no medical value. Its the modern day snake oil. Coke used to contain cocaine, Opium was sold as a stomach remedy. Cigarettes were sold as good for your lungs.

        • ShortSweet

          You definitely need a nap, a new coloring book, or a scrip adjustment.

          • I don’t need a nap! In fact it’s my work time. From 11am to 4pm. But I’m off early today to go golfing.

          • Stan d

            Ha! Part time at Taco Bell paying for your cigarette and alcohol addiction.

          • Stan d

            Ha! Part time at Taco Bell paying for your cigarette and alcohol addiction.

          • Living in the Times

            I think he needs a good dose of karma…maybe he will get it on the golf course. Another bitter, miserable commenter blocked…thanks OAN!

      • A marcus Young

        Chemo is a purgative. You are supposed to puke.

  • Stonecrusher

    If smoking is banned so must be weed. If there is a medical reason for receiving the marijuana extract by injection, carry the ‘scrip and have the first aid people administer it.

    • ShortSweet

      I agree. To ban smoking from campus and then allow pot …. really?

    • Uncle_Pinko

      I presume you are talking about cigarette smoking, but that has nothing to do with medical marijuana consumed via patches or oil – no one is smoking this kind of medical marijuana.

      • Stonecrusher

        Reread for comprehension. Didn’t I allude to medicinal marijuana?

        • Uncle_Pinko

          Then what’s the point of your first sentence: “If smoking is banned then so must be weed.”

          • A marcus Young

            Would you be happier if he had said smoking heroin?

          • Stonecrusher

            Simple_ smoking weed, as in joint, cannot be allowed. Start thinking.

          • Uncle_Pinko

            Ok, you know there any many other other ways to consume marijuana besides smoking? In fact, the article in question cannabis patches and oil drops, neither of which involves smoking a joint. No one is suggesting that this child or anyone be allowed to light up a joint in school.

          • Stonecrusher

            The premise of the original article was that marijuana should be legal at schools – or have you forgotten already?

          • Naes Sen

            It shouldn’t have been made illegal to begin with.

          • A marcus Young

            Why?

          • Naes Sen

            It’s a plant. It was the target of racism in the 1920s and 30s by Harry Anslinger. Relative to other things that are legal, there is no reason whatsoever for it to have been made illegal in the system of laws. Every human on this planet, me, you, even Jeff Sessions is made to consume this plant through our endocannabinoid receptors.

          • A marcus Young

            opium is part of a plant.

          • manstrom

            As is deadly nightshade and a host of other toxic plants. Just stating “it is a plant’ is a very flimsy reason to argue for its use. Patches or oils should be by prescription and be administered by trained medical personnel only in a school setting. My argument is actually to Naes Sen., not you Marcus.

          • Naes Sen

            So is alcohol and both opium and alcohol are legal.

          • Zotus

            While I agree that marijuana was made illegal for false reasons by the government and likely should never have been outlawed since it is relatively harmless opium is a different story. And no opium is not legal in the US. Opiate pain medications are prescription only.

          • Naes Sen

            My point being opiates are essentially opium, drug companies need the opium first before refining it into pills, they purchase it from opium producing countries like New Zealand, Australia and the U.K just to name a few.

          • Zotus

            Don’t forget Afghanistan and US sanctioned opiate production supplying 80% of the worlds heroin. While opiates may be derived from opium neither is legal like alcohol.

          • Naes Sen

            Opium is not cannabis

          • Zotus

            Because it was made illegal under false propaganda by government for political reasons unrelated to any scientific or medical research. Read up on the history.

          • Zotus

            No the premise was “medical marijuana” not just marijuana. Medical marijuana comes in many forms. There are distinct differences in form. Do doctors prescribe smoking opium or heroin? No they prescribe pill form of opiates. I doubt any doctor prescribing medical marijuana would prescribe smoking joints for a juvenile. It’s the THC that has medicinal value not the smoke from leafy portion of plant.

          • Naes Sen

            I think they ignore the fact that people crush pills and smoke those too, hell, they even snort that poison.

      • A marcus Young

        But they are consuming an illegal drug. There is no known medical use for marijuana. It is a schedule one drug. The State courts are in violation of Article 1 of the United States Constitution for not recognizing Federal law and the United States Constitution as the law of the land.

        • Uncle_Pinko

          There is absolutely scientifically proven medicinal use for marijuana. The fact that it is a Schedule 1 drug, considered as dangerous as heroin is ludicrous.

          • Jeff Jeep

            It is still against Federal Law!

          • Stan d

            Federal slave

          • Stan d

            Federal slave

          • Bobby Green

            That’s because, right now, the government doesn’t tax it. Just you wait. The government doesn’t give a hoot if it’s good or bad for you just “can we make money” from this. Lot’s of states now are considering or have considered pot to be legal. Also many seniors are currently using CBD oils which come from the plant but have very little to no THC content. Hemp farms have been around for several years. Remember the old potato sacks? So there is a use for part if not all of the plant.

          • BigMark

            And you know this, how?

          • A marcus Young

            Would that be Dr Uncle Pinko?

        • Keneke

          I am or that the first part of your comment is Tongue in cheek…Either that your sleeping under the same rock Sessions is…Medical Marijuana is the one of the most Important Medical Realizations of modern times…I hope you have been hearing what Uncle Pinko has been laying down… Canada, Germany, Australasia EU, Israel, all have legal Medical Marijuana and have open their countries to export and import of it….But this of course, is because “There is no known medical use for marijuana…”

        • Keneke

          I am or that the first part of your comment is Tongue in cheek…Either that your sleeping under the same rock Sessions is…Medical Marijuana is the one of the most Important Medical Realizations of modern times…I hope you have been hearing what Uncle Pinko has been laying down… Canada, Germany, Australasia EU, Israel, all have legal Medical Marijuana and have open their countries to export and import of it….But this of course, is because “There is no known medical use for marijuana…”

        • PaulSevere

          The US government is in violation of the Constitution in making a law and claiming a jurisdiction it has no power to make. Just in case anyone misunderstood the limited powers of government, the 10th Amendment was added to make it abundantly clear.

        • Zotus

          So you trust your government to always be telling you the truth. Research some of the false propaganda our government put out about marijuana that is so blatantly false and obviously wrong and not based in science or medical study. The only reason it is illegal is because it suited the political purposes of the government.

      • BigMark

        Just frying their brains, so that’s OK?

    • A marcus Young

      They cannot administer an illegal drug. Federal law is supreme to state law. As long as it is illegal through the Controlled Substances Act the states cannot legalize it.

      • Uncle_Pinko

        The 8 states that have legalized it beg to differ.

        • BigMark

          The eight states that have legalized it, were betting that they could get enough dipstick politicians to agree with them . (Many of these politicians were probably buying and using illegally before it was “legalized.”)
          Obama being the head that he was, wasn’t going to send HIs DOJ out to enforce the law. (Just as he broke so many other laws-he never saw a law he didn’t like but went along with it anyway.)

          • A marcus Young

            The states cannot overrule federal law. Essentially what these states have done is break the law. They are currently felons of federal law. The Controlled Substances Act,

          • Naes Sen

            James Madison’s The Federalist #46 will clear that up.

          • James Williams

            do you remeber the taxation law the british imposed on the colonies? that was law also so wasnt prohibition how did those work out progrees will not be stopped by the unintelligent.we should all go back to when we started running around naked eating what ever we could kill no crops no society just he who has the biggest stick is the boss thats what it seems like you all want to see

          • Zotus

            No they aren’t. States have their own constitutions and can create any law they wish regardless of federal law. They (the states) are not breaking any federal law simply by decriminalizing marijuana. Only those possessing, growing or selling are violating federal law. And as with all laws state or federal it’s up to them whether they enforce those laws. Obviously the federal government chooses not to.

        • BigMark

          The eight states that have legalized it, were betting that they could get enough dipstick politicians to agree with them . (Many of these politicians were probably buying and using illegally before it was “legalized.”)
          Obama being the head that he was, wasn’t going to send HIs DOJ out to enforce the law. (Just as he broke so many other laws-he never saw a law he didn’t like but went along with it anyway.)

        • Naes Sen

          And some 180,000,000+ Americans as well.

        • A marcus Young

          Article 6, Section 2 – The Supremacy Clause – States cannot contradict federal law. When they do, federal law shall be supreme. You can beg and differ all you like. The fact remains the same. Marijuana is a schedule one drug because it is addictive, harmful and known throughout the world for thousands of years to be a gateway drug. Its illegal.

          • Naes Sen

            “The ultimate authority resides in the people alone. “

          • Brian

            Remember your history and know the more the Fed pushes against states rights issues the closer we come to another civil war at worst, and civil unrest at best. The National Institute on Drug Abuse “beg and differ” with you sir on the fact that it is not addictive. It is in fact less harmful than cigarettes or alcohol which are both legal and cause more deaths annually than firearms in America. It was made a schedule one drug because little was understood about it at the time and it was determined to make minorities crazy. Still to this day the government has done little to no research on pot and the advances of medical marijuana. It has only been through the private sector where people with certain ailments have gotten relief and broken the stranglehold of big pharma and their influence over government policy.

          • Zotus

            You should really do more research. Marijuana is only illegal because of politics not because it’s harmful or addictive. Pure nonsense. Coffee is addictive and can be harmful but is it a schedule one drug. LOL Gateway drug, you must be a liberal to believe that nonsense.

        • Naes Sen

          *29 states

      • Stonecrusher

        REREAD. I said carry the “scrip” and have the first aid (Nurse) administer it. Why don’t you readers comprehend?

        • A marcus Young

          You are a crip?

    • Stan d

      Injection? This plant ain’t no man made chemical poison.

      • Stonecrusher

        There are derivatives – google it.

        • Naes Sen

          Man made synthetic THC.

          • Stonecrusher

            Do your own research. Whether it be in a tincture, serum or vapor form, it is made from the cannabis form of the hemp plant.

          • Naes Sen

            Cannabis in any form has never harmed anyone, synthetics have.

          • Stonecrusher

            WOW! How far from the issue at hand do you need to go. Will marijuana be allowed in Illinois schools is the point in question, not harm. Also, where’s the prove that synthesized cannabis has been harmful?

          • NurseMommie

            He is probably referring to K2, which was a novel drug sold in convenience stores as a legal (by loophole) substitute for marijuana. I have seen young people in the ICU, unconscious and unresponsive, after ingesting this. It does such damage to the nervous system that some are never the same.

          • Stonecrusher

            Perhaps, but it is totally chemical with no connection to cannabis.

          • Zotus

            Sure there’s a connection. They manipulate the cannabinoid molecules. That’s basically all synthetic drugs are is manipulation of molecules from their original form to create something new.

          • Stonecrusher

            This is a tangent headed for deep space. It has nothing to do with the basic issue. should weed be allowed in schools. NO!

          • Zotus

            Based on your assertion neither should Ritalin, Vicodin or Thorazine which are also mood altering prescription medications. But they are. So why does marijuana in THC patches or pill form scare you if anti-psychotics & opiates don’t.

          • Zotus

            Simply google synthetic cannabinoids. They hardly resemble natural THC and are considered highly harmful.

          • Naes Sen

            Yup!

          • Stonecrusher

            No, you redo it. although cannabinoids may be derivatives of cannabis, the key word you used is “synthetic” -completely man made.

      • A marcus Young

        neither is opium. Its natural poison. Just because it is a plant doesnt mean its OK to smoke it.

        • Naes Sen

          Yes it is, processed through chemical manipulation by man, not grown and dried like every herb and spice in your kitchen.

    • Stan d

      Injection? This plant ain’t no man made chemical poison.