North Bay girl who uses medical cannabis to treat seizures seeks admission to public schools

By Nashelly Chavez | Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

A state judge will hear arguments this week on a decision by the Rincon Valley Elementary School District to bar a 5-year-old girl from taking cannabis-based medication onto campus with her, a case that highlights issues with state and federal rules prohibiting medical marijuana in schools.

Brooke Adams lives in Rincon Valley and has Dravet Syndrome, a rare disease that causes frequent and long-lasting seizures. Other complications include problems with controlling body temperature and developmental delays, the Dravet Syndrome Foundation website says.

Brooke’s mom, Jana Adams, said her daughter relies on cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, to fend off her seizures daily. Brooke additionally takes THC oil, which is applied to her gums, when seizures strike even while on the CBD oil.

“CBD is more like maintenance,” Jana Adams said. “The THC actually works like a rescue medication. It stops (the seizures) within three minutes, and that’s really the life-saving part for us.”

The school district accommodated Brooke two years ago when she started going to preschool. It paid for her to attend Humboldt Community Preschool, a private school that agreed to work with Brooke and allowed her to bring cannabis-based medication to school, Jana Adams said.

Read the full story at The Cannifornian.


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