According to ABC 7, a 14 year old Jefferson County resident had his cannabis medicine confiscated by his school since it broke federal law. Jack Splitt uses cannabis medicine in the form of oil to treat severe cerebral palsy and dystonia. He is accompanied by a nurse at school everyday given the severity of his condition.
But, on Monday school officials took Jack’s cannabis medicine citing federal laws that prohibit marijuana use. “It scares me to death that medicine can be taken away from him, medicine that saves his life,” Jack’s Mom Stacey said. Without his medicine Jack can’t breathe or walk and succumbs to intense violent muscle spasms.
There is no indication if the Splitt’s will challenge the school about his inability to carry his cannabis medicine on his person. Perhaps Jack will find a different school that is more understanding. Maybe he’ll do like half the other school kids in the country and take his medicine behind the bleachers out of sight from his teachers.
Some may find it strange that a state that recently legalized recreational marijuana and medicinal marijuana years ago would be so strict with a clearly disabled kid who benefits from edible marijuana. But, Colorado is a very conservative State that didn’t pass legalization overwhelmingly. There are many conservative religious folk in Colorado who oppose the law and believe it could hurt the State’s reputation.
We scratch our heads whenever an event like this happens because the medicine Jack was using didn’t even have enough THC to get him high. Often its not the THC part of the plant that helps with seizures and other ailments. According to Jack’s Mom Stacey “Even if my 9-year-old drank a whole bottle of (Jack’s) CBD, his cannabis oil, he wouldn’t get high.”
We can’t imagine this ignorance on the part of the school could last very long…..