… and I’m not talking about the people who use it.
The saga of a Colorado Springs teenager struggling with a rare neurological condition best controlled with medical marijuana lozenges became a little more surreal when Harrison School District 2 informed the studentâ€™s father that the child cannot return to school on any day that he consumes medical marijuana.
â€œThey say if he takes his medicine he cannot come back to school,â€ the teenagerâ€™s father told The Colorado Independent. The boy attends Sierra High School.
The child missed most of the last school year when he was diagnosed with diaphragmatic and axial myoclonus, which causes seizures that can last for 24 hours or more. He spent extensive periods of time hospitalized and used morphine and other narcotics to control the seizures until doctors discovered that THC works better than any other medication.
He was able to return to school in January but as the district would not allow him to possess or consume his prescribed medicine on campus, he transferred to a school closer to home so that he could walk home as needed to take his medicine.
After the districtâ€™s latest salvo was delivered, the teenâ€™s father said he spoke with both the district superintendent and the district attorney and that neither were receptive to his arguments that his son needs the medicine to function, does not get high and does not smell like marijuana.
The district has refused to comment to us, other than for a spokesperson to say that the district intends to follow the letter of the law, which is that no student may possess or consume medical marijuana on school grounds.
Here’s a kid where a sane school district should be bending over backwards to help make it possible for him to attend, and a student who really wants to learn. But no, they make him stay home.
The school, by the way, has clarified that the teen can come to school after taking vicodin, but not THC.
Hopefully, this will change.
Senator Greg Brophy, R-Wray, reached by email, said this: â€œTragic. Zero tolerance policies are for people with zero intelligence.â€