Medical marijuana patient and Colorado Springs teen blocked from class
That's what some people are asking because of the headline-grabbing tale of the Colorado Springs sixteen-year-old who is not allowed at school when he uses the medical marijuana he's been prescribed by his doctor because of a rare and debilitating neurological condition.
The teenager, whose name has not been released, was diagnosed last year with diaphragmatic and axial myoclonus, a rare disorder that causes him to experience seizures in his diaphragm lasting anywhere from thirty minutes to 24 hours. According to the Colorado Springs Independent, which has been talking to the boy and his family, doctors tried out a variety of strong narcotics on the boy, but cannabis was the medicine that worked best.
So the teenager's physician recommended he take THC lozenges that would not get him high, making an exception to the statewide rule that medical marijuana patients have to be eighteen and older. But the move didn't sit well with the boy's local school system. First, the district said he couldn't take the lozenges on school grounds -- so every time the teenager felt an attack coming on, he walked home to medicate. But now, school officials are saying that after he does so, he's not allowed to return to school for the rest of the day.
According to the Independent, even a note from the boy's doctor noting he has no significant side effects from the THC and is functional on this medication has not swayed the district's decision.
Now the boy and his family have taken matters into their own hands, reaching out to their local representatives for assistance -- and help may be on the way. As Republican State Senator Greg Brophy told the Independent, "Tragic. Zero tolerance policies are for people with zero intelligence."
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