Marijuana: Chaz Moore, student not allowed to medicate at school, could lead class-action suit

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Chaz Moore.
Chaz Moore, sixteen, is a Colorado Springs student with a rare medical condition whose flareups are radically improved by medical marijuana. However, his high school won't allow Chaz (originally known by the pseudonym "Bill Smith") to medicate on campus. So now, after months of fighting, Shan Moore, Chaz's father, is laying the groundwork for a possible class-action lawsuit intended to resolve the situation.

Chaz's story was first made public in by the Colorado Independent in January. He suffers from an ailment called Myloclonus Diaphragmatic Flutter, which Shan describes as "a neurological disorder where, basically, all his nerves decide to misfire and his diaphragm, his upper-chest muscles and his throat go into seizures and spasms that make it difficult for him to swallow or breathe. One of his neurologists at Children's Hospital compared it to running a marathon every half-hour."

Here's a video showing what Shan calls a "mild" attack, as seen on the IAmBillSmith.com website:

Diagnosing the condition, which initially struck Chaz when he was fifteen, proved difficult. "It started with him getting a very bad case of the hives," Shan recalls. "An allergist got that under control, but the other symptoms just kept getting worse and worse. From January of 2010 until last November, we did roughly 110 trips to the emergency room, doctor visits or hospital visits to Colorado Springs or Denver. They tried treating it with morphine, Valium, Xanax. During one 36-hour episode, they even tried Fentanyl on him."

Check out another video showing Chaz in the hospital on meds like these:

Unfortunately, none of these treatments worked, and Chaz was in such a fog for so long that he doesn't even remember much of last year. But he improved dramatically after he received a recommendation to try using medical marijuana lozenges. The number of pills he took per day went from fifteen to four and the attacks became much more manageable. More recently, Shan says, "the neurologist took him off all his other medications except for allergy medicine, because nothing else was working -- and since he started on medical marijuana, we only have to go to quarterly checkups now."

Problem is, Chaz's school won't allow him to medicate if he has an attack on campus owing to the district's policy and a clause in Amendment 20, which legalized MMJ in Colorado. This edict contrasts sharply with the rules he had to follow regarding heavy prescription narcotics.

"When he was on Valium and Xanax, Chaz was able to carry a pill bottle on the bus," Shan recalls. "He would take it to school and they'd put it in a lockbox -- and if he needed it, he would go to the nurse, take his medicine and then return to class. But now, if he has an episode, he has to walk over a mile to go home if I can't pick him up, then wait for the episode to stop and walk back. So it's a safety issue, and he misses out on way too much school. And since his neurologist has only cleared him to go to school for a half-day, and then have tutors for the other half, walking a mile home and a mile back doesn't make any sense."

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Chaz receiving a laptop from Greenway University.
Recently, Greenway University gave Chaz a laptop to help him keep up with his studies -- a big help, Shan says. But at this point, he's considering a legal solution, in part because there are presumably more students who may be experiencing the same kinds of hassles as is his son.

"When we got our recommendation, there were only about twenty minors on the registry," Shan says. "Then, when I checked again in March, there were forty -- so it doubled in a quarter. That means there are at least forty kids out there, most of them pretty close to school age, who have been approved for this."

As such, he's encouraging parents of such children to contact him at shanlmoore@yahoo.com to share their stories and potentially participate in a class-action lawsuit that would force schools to allow patients to medicate on campus. After all, he doesn't want Shan to have to go back on ineffective medication just so he can attend school.

"it's a safety issue," he says. "But it's more than that. Medical marijuana literally saved his life."

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Fentanyl Abuse
Fentanyl Abuse

 disabled rights advocate Long Beach's Press Telegram Ignores Medical Facts Regarding Marijuana in Recent Articles, Reader Calls Them Out .

Robert
Robert

Shame on Harrison School District 2, its incompetent administration, and School Board!

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Well they don't call it HIGH school for nothing.......

Highmesa
Highmesa

To call them idiots is to be too kind.It's outright shameful to discriminate against a person's choice of medicine. Happy Birthday Chaz!

Alicia Sierra
Alicia Sierra

If you have or know anyone who has a minor NEEDING medical marijuana, please read!

Shanlmoore
Shanlmoore

Today is Chaz's birthday. One more year & he can vote he cant wait so he can help vote these idiots out of office

Highmesa
Highmesa

Another person segregated because his health condition is not sociably acceptable.Colorado endorses Cannabis as legitamate medicine. It is in fact a Colorado Government sanctioned medicine enshrined in our Constitution therefore Chaz's Constitutional rights are being violated.Hey Chaz bet you never thought you would learn about discrimination first hand like this from your own school. Good Luck Chaz!

William Jones
William Jones

To play devil's advocate....Chaz can't afford to get better now...

seabourne
seabourne

I know a young lady (now) I watched growing up. She is ADHD, but was also a gifted student, extremely bright. The schools insisted she use pharmaceutical medications. It was a nightmare. She may have seemed ok at school but the crash (come down off the drugs) everyday after school made the child either suicidal or homicidal depending on the drug. It nearly ruined the family. Knives had to be hidden. Life was hell. It wasn't until the mother viewed a show with a ADHD specialist and learned the miracle of cannabis that peace entered the home. The girl left school in 10th grade, got a GED. She is now 20 years old, sucessfully employed, shares an apartment with her boyfriend, and happy. Though she does not live in a state with medicinal use, it is the only way this beautiful lady can cope with life. With out cannabis the ADHD takes over and she is nearly a non-functioning person.

In a resent study, Mortality Within the First 2 Years in Infants Exposed to Cocaine, Opiate, or Cannabinoid During Gestation - pediatrics.aappublications.org A total of 2,964 infants were drug-tested at birth to see if they were positive for drugs - cocaine, opiates and cannabis were studied and compared to drug free infants. The death rates were :

"No drugs at birth" deaths……15.7 deaths per 1000 live births "Cocaine positive" deaths………17.7 deaths per 1000 live births "Opiate positive" deaths……….18.4 deaths per 1000 live births "Cannabis positive" deaths…… 8.9 deaths per 1000 live births

The "cannabis positive" infants rate of death is almost half of what the "No drugs" infants death rate is! When it comes to failure to thrive, cannabis shows a significant improvement in the outcome.

If the body is low on cannabinoids, just as with any other deficiency, the body does not function correctly since the endocannabinoid system regulates all other systems in the body. Misinformation has done much damage over the last 73 years as has the war on a plant and those who use it. Cannabis has continually been shown to be a remarkable anti-inflammatory which could be of great help to the 86 million people that suffer chronic pain. No one ever died from cannabis/marijuana though much suffering has taken place from the prohibition of it. It is time to end this travesty.

Lack of cannabinoids - can cause cancer, digestive ailments, migrains, fibromyalgia, just to name a few. We are now generations into cannabinoid deprivation and the health consequences are showing.

It makes no sense at all that some states have medicinal use and others do not. The time has come for the nation to stand together and demand change! VOTE! Sign petitions, be heard loud and clear.

For a great collection of videos of the top doctors and researchers of cannabis paid by the U.S. government see webpage

http://activistcat.com/Videos-...

Tell your Congressional Representatives -It is time to "Change the Schedule of Cannabis, Cannabis Laws, and Drug Czar Laws"Read and Sign the petition at

http://www.change.org/petition...

After you sign the petition, email your friendlies, share on facebook, or twitter from the petition page. If you have a website grab the widget so your visitors can sign it without leaving your website.This petition uses laws passed by Congress to point out that by their laws, the laws must change.

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

my son, over 18 and under 25, has severe ADHD he treats with cannabis. He is prescribed amphetamines and other stimulants by his doctor, who is a very conservative family practitioner in Boulder. He hates the rx's and his condition is much better controlled by cannabis.  He went through phases, in the beginning, he used more then the effects of his adhd decreased - and so did his cannabis use (from about a gram a day to 1/4 gram or zero a day). Cannabis is a very, very, useful adjunct or replacement for therapies that require large amounts of bad powder pushed into the shape of a pill. this post is no bs! 

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

What that school is making him go through is RIDICULOUS.  They should be ashamed of themselves.  I bet there are dozens of kids at that school walking around with MJ and pills from their parents medicine cabinet.  I applaud him for having the courage to hit this thing head on.  I say move forward with the class action lawsuit.  When will these people learn that this is MEDICINE?!?  Looks like he will have to hit them in their wallet.  Props to Greenway for giving him the laptop too!

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