Ashley Surin, 11, of Schaumburg in Illinois, suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
She was diagnosed in 2008 and underwent a course of chemotherapy and spinal injections which sent the cancer into remission. However, one of the injections caused her to suffer from seizures. She’s been battling them since the age of two. Ashley tried a string of drugs to keep the seizures at bay. Some caused her to suffer memory loss and others completely zapped her of energy. Eventually, last summer, her family sought alternative options. One doctor suggested she change her diet and try medical marijuana. Ashley now has a patch on her foot and has lotion on her wrist. Her mother, Maureen Surin, said: ‘The two together are a golden cure for her. She can think better, walk better, talk better. ‘Her brain used to be like in a cloud. Now she can think better and is more alert and she can interact.’ The pair keep her from having seizures. If she does have one, she is given a drop of cannabis oil on her tongue.
Cannabidiol is the key ingredient in her medication, not tetrahydrocannabinol — known as THC — which gets people high. But marijuana of any kind — including medical — is not allowed on school grounds by state and federal law. This led to Ashley’s parents suing the Schaumburg School District 54 earlier this year. Eventually, a judge ruled that Ashley and staff who aided her in taking medical marijuana were not at risk of prosecution.
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