There is a seemingly never ending back and forth when it comes to medical marijuana usage in schools. Even worse, it seems that the earlier the level of school, the louder the argument. The younger the children are in school, the more they shouldn’t be able to use medical marijuana. Obviously, I’m not talking about kindergarteners carrying little vaporizers around with them, rather more along the lines of the school nurse (or a private equivalent) to help a student who may have seizures or multiple sclerosis.
Now, I’m more prone to stories about epilepsy, namely because I am epileptic; and a story about five-year-old Brooke Adams who suffers from epilepsy has been recently circling the news media. Being epileptic, I know a lot more about epilepsy than I do other qualifying conditions, although I’m on a never-ending quest to learn more. I’ve seen myself having seizures, and I’ve seen children having seizures. I’d start having seizures again in a heartbeat trade off to help the children, but that’s not realistic…
What is realistic is a school allowing either their nurse or a private nurse to help administer the medical marijuana for the student who is having aura or already convulsing. I know the schools already accommodate students with other kinds of medication needs, like pills, but if the pills don’t work for the student, what then? Watch the child convulse away, possibly to death, because the school system is scared of the words “Medical Marijuana”? Why? Is this system so broken that we’ve come to rather watch a child suffer instead of helping them because the government insists on dragging their heels regarding “Schedule I medicine”? Does anyone realize that the term “Schedule I medicine” is itself an oxymoron?
The most important thing is to help those who need help. I sure as hell know that I’ve needed help when there has been none. So I don’t want anyone, especially children or their parents, to have to experience that, regardless of their condition. Life is hard enough, and being forced to deal with a system that denies medication and/or education is flat out inhumane.