14-year-old Jack Splitt depends on cannabis oil to treat serious muscle spasms caused by his cerebral palsy. But his school has banned him from taking his medication on campus.
The teen was wearing a cannabis patch when school officials confiscated his treatment. Jack’s personal nurse, who stays with him all day at school, was also banned from carrying the teen’s cannabis oil.
CBD oil is being used more and more to treat conditions ranging from epilepsy to cancer, and when it’s properly made and administered, it doesn’t get the patient high — it only offers relief from the condition.
Because federal law doesn’t allow for any kind of medical marijuana on campus, Everitt Middle School fears they’ll lose funding from the government if they allow Jack to continue using his life-giving treatment. That decision is a serious problem for the teen, who has trouble breathing during spasms.
“He loves to learn, and that’s his whole life,” Jack’s mom Stacey Linn told 7 News Denver. “He doesn’t get to go play soccer, he gets to learn. And without these medications, he can’t do that either. It’s heartbreaking.”
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