The state Senate voted 50-2 last week to allow students who qualify for medical marijuana to consume it on school premises, as long as they don’t smoke it and school officials agree that it won’t disrupt other students.
The measure is named Ashley’s Law, for 12-year-old Ashley Surin of Schaumburg, who takes medical marijuana to treat the epilepsy she developed during chemotherapy treatments for leukemia.
Her parents say the measure will benefit many more children like Ashley, who use medical marijuana to treat serious illnesses.
The family was in the Senate chambers for the vote Thursday, visiting with sponsoring state Sen. Cristina Castro, a Democrat from Elgin, and was ecstatic over the result.
“We’re going in the right direction,” Ashley’s mother, Maureen Surin, said. Now the family is hoping they can join Rauner if he signs the bill into law. The governor’s office could not be immediately reached to say what he will do with the bill. [Read more at Chicago Tribune]