Pot Topics is a weekly collection of cannabis-related news curated by the Chicago Sun-Times. Here’s what’s happening this week in Chicago and around the country:
- Gov. Rauner signs bill allowing school children to use medical cannabis
- Nevada cannabis sales have already surpassed year-end projections
- Studies show Oregon has a weed oversupply, while Colorado has a well-balanced market
- Michigan Democrats hope marijuana legalization measure will activate the youth vote
- Study finds that more cannabis jobs are opening up in here in Chicago and around the state of Illinois
Rauner OKs allowing medical cannabis for students at school
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law Wednesday allowing parents to administer medical cannabis to eligible children while they’re at school.
The law allows parents or guardians to give kids a “cannabis-infused product” on school property or a school bus if both the parent and child have been cleared by the state’s medical marijuana law. It also authorizes a school to prohibit cannabis if administrators determine that the drug would create a “disruption to the school’s educational environment” or expose other students to it.
In February, state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, introduced the measure, which was dubbed “Ashley’s Law” for 12-year-old Ashley Surin, who uses cannabis to treat epileptic seizures related to a leukemia diagnosis.
Ashley’s parents sued the state of Illinois and Schaumburg School District 54 in January after she was barred from class for medicating with the drug. A federal judge ultimately ruled in favor of the family in April.
On Friday, Ashley Surin’s mother, Maureen Surin, was still ecstatic about the governor’s decision to sign off on the bill.
“With bipartisan support for ‘Ashley’s Law,’ our daughter and all Illinois schoolchildren are now able to have access to a quality education while regulating their illnesses on school grounds,” she said.
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