Rhode Island family fights their school district to allow CBD for their 11-year-old
An 11-year-old girl and her family in Rhode Island are in the crosshairs of a medical cannabis controversy. The family has had success using cannabis oil to treat the girl’s seizures yet her school district refuses to allow its nurses to treat her.
As a Rhode Island politician seeks to create awareness and pass legislation, Jadyn Minda’s treatment hangs in the balance. She’s not alone.
Although marijuana is legal in some form in 29 states—including Rhode Island—only New Jersey, Colorado, and Maine require schools to allow people with medical recommendations to use cannabis. In Illinois earlier this year, a court had to intervene to grant an exception for an 11-year-old to get treatment at her school. In Georgia, a family who has a child with a rare neurological disease that causes seizures is advocating for something similar.
Jadyn had her first seizure when she was 18 months old. The episodes were infrequent until she turned 4. Liz Minda, Jadyn’s mother, said she and her husband tried different medications but none were effective.
Liz, a nurse by trade, said the pharmaceuticals turned her daughter into a “drooling rag doll.” At the suggestion of a doctor, when Jadyn was 9, her family tried treating her with cannabis oil. The CBD has been so effective that the girl only has seizures when she gets sick and, when she does have them, they last under a minute.
“Jadyn is 3 weeks seizure free, thanks to this cannabis oil!! #talktothehand hand. Tell this family it doesn’t stop seizures!!!” wrote Liz Minda on Facebook on August 22, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Liz Minda via Facebook)
“Cannabis has afforded her the opportunity to go to school and function,” Liz said.