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article imageTeen girls wants to ingest marijuana during school day

By Nate Smith     May 2, 2015 in Politics
Maple Shade - Parents of a New Jersey teenager are suing the girl's school district for her right to ingest marijuana during the school day.
Genny Barbour is a 16-year-old New Jersey high school student that takes medical marijuana, cannabis oil, specifically, to help treat epileptic seizures and autism.
The girl's parents, Roger and Lora Barbour, say their daughter uses medicinal marijuana to treat her health conditions, and the medicine goes a long way towards stemming a rash of behavioral issues, at least until the medicine wears off, they say.
Following a dose of cannabis oil, the girl is said to be docile and pleasant. However, she reportedly comes home some days with bruises on her arms left as a result of trying to escape a restraint chair utilized by school employees during behavioral episodes.
Genny's parents maintain that were she permitted to take her prescribed medicine during the day, she wouldn't act out so much. The school district, by way of its board of education, so far has declined to allow the girl to take medicinal marijuana at school, standing besides its, "no illegal drugs on school grounds," policy.
The board had suggested to the teen's parents a compromise, that would have allowed them to take Genny off of school grounds during the day to ingest her medicine.
"Unfortunately the proposed accommodation has to be rejected due to safety and behavior concerns," read a letter from the girl's father.
The impending legal battle promises to influence future legal battles as increasingly parents of epileptic, autistic or children with any number of other health concerns are turning to medical marijuana to to help ease their children's pain.
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