By Benjie Cooper
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Five-year-old Brooke Adams starts her first day of kindergarten this week, something she would not have been able to do without the help of a judgeâ€™s recent decision.
When Brooke was an infant, doctors diagnosed her with Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that is difficult to treat with many conventional medications. The doctors tried treating her with different anti-seizure drugs, but they caused strong side-effects and were ineffective overall.
But when Brooke was one year old, her parents obtained a medical cannabis card for her and her life began to change. The sometimes hour-long seizures, which often required paramedic visits, started to decline both in frequency and duration, lasting only a few minutes when they would hit.
â€śIt gives her seizures that donâ€™t stop very easily or donâ€™t stop at all,â€ť Brookeâ€™s father Jon told KNTV regarding his daughterâ€™s condition. â€śWith the emergency THC medicine, she pretty much just like, takes a nap, and sheâ€™s back to normal.â€ť
The Santa Rosa family administers daily doses of CBD (cannabidiol) oil to Brooke, and emergency THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) oil when needed.
Medicinal cannabis is legal in California, but state law does not allow marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. SB1127, a bill to permit children to take medicinal cannabis at school, was introduced into the state legislature on February 2 and is currently on its third reading in the Assembly.
Wanting for their daughter to be able to attend kindergarten without having to worry about her medicinal cannabis, the Adams took the matter to court.
As of yet, the judge has not made a final decision in the case, but he did issue a temporary stay, permitting Brooke to attend school with her medicine while he researches the issue and makes a decision. The cannabis oil will be administered by a school nurse who has already been instructed on the procedure by Brookeâ€™s parents.
â€śThe Rincon Valley Unified School District is happy to have the opportunity to serve Brooke,â€ť said the school district in a statement. â€śAnd now has direction from the court to be able to do so.â€ť
The judge plans to make a decision by sometime late in September or early in October.