Mothers fight for medical cannabis to be allowed in schools
August 17, 2018 06:45 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Parents around the nation are turning to medical cannabis to help with their child's ailments.
But there's one major problem: The medication is not allowed in school.
Now two women are hoping to change that in New Mexico.
Lindsay Sledge and Tisha Brick are asking that their child's school be allowed to administer medical cannabis to their children.
Sledge’s daughter, Paloma, has the rare condition Dravet Syndrome. It's a form of epilepsy that causes hard to control seizures.
Sledge says the only medicine that's helped is cannabis.
“Our life has greatly improved since she’s been on cannabis,” she said.
But according to state law, medical cannabis is not allowed on school campuses. Last year, while Paloma attended pre-k at an APS school, Sledge's only option was to sit outside in the parking lot and wait for something to happen.
“Last summer she had a seizure so I ran to get her. She fell over, hit her head pretty hard so she's bleeding and the principal at the time is telling me to go to the nurse; I'm saying 'I have to go to the car to give her her medicine,'" Sledge said.
Paloma has since been pulled from school.
And she's not the only child in this situation. For the past year, Tisha Brick's son Anthony has been stuck in a similar position.
He's supposed to be in 5th grade, but his mother says he needs medical cannabis to help with undifferentiated schizophrenia, PTSD, and ADHD.
“We spent years in and out of hospitals he had been on pharmaceuticals those did not help him at all,” said Brick. “He didn't respond to them. He wasn’t even able to stay in school at that point."
Both parents are trying to get some accommodation from the New Mexico Public Education Department.
“When I asked for help at the beginning of this whole ordeal, that’s when help should have been given,” said Brick. “Not only by the school but by the state and our lawmakers.”
Sledge and Brick will soon head to due process hearings at their respective districts. Sledge at APS and Brick in Estancia. Brick will act as her own attorney, providing witnesses, questioning teachers, and doctors in hopes of showing how invaluable this medicine has been for her son.
Created: August 17, 2018 06:45 PM
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