A real “daddy’s girl” from Aberdeen, River Barclay (aged 7) needs non-psychoactive medical marijuana to get through a seizure-less day. Would you mind if your child’s classmate had a CBD cookie at break time?
First-grader needs a dose of CBD oil for epilepsy at school to attend for the day
River suffers from an unknown and uncontrollable form of epilepsy. For River to have a full day’s schooling she would have to receive one portion of CBD oil for her epilepsy at school. But it’s turning out to be a problem. Komo News reports on its interview with Mr. Barclay.
Some call CBD oil “medical marijuana,” but CBD oil has almost no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That’s the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. This type of cannabis can contain a tiny amount of THC, but it’s never enough to produce any “stoned” effect. It’s often prescribed to relieve the symptoms of medical conditions such as epilepsy, particularly in children. For some people, conventional medicines don’t work, or cause harrowing side effects that could be debilitating, but CBD oil for epilepsy is side-effect free.
There is no conventional medicine River can use to control her grand mal seizures, which would sometimes last up to four minutes of utter agony. Barclay did some research and discovered CBD oil for epilepsy. The cannabis Barclay is giving River contains less than 0.3% THC and eliminated the seizures completely. He says if it weren’t for CBD oil, she would probably not be alive today.
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Dad wants to administer CBD oil on school premises
Barclay needs to be able to give River a chocolate chip cookie laced with 25 drops of CBD oil at noon for her to have a seizure-free day. Alternatively, he has to take River home to give her the cookie or juice with the drops and keep her home for the day. He has found that once she is home, it is just too disruptive to try and take River back after lunch only to fetch her again an hour later. He has tried that.
Could he possibly be accommodated?
Tom Opstad, Superintendent of the Aberdeen School District, said they understand the urgency and benefit of the CBD oil for epilepsy, but he can’t ignore state law. Marijuana is illegal under state law, and schools receive funding from the federal government. That’s why schools have zero tolerance for illegal drugs on school grounds. This is despite medical cannabis being legal at state level in Washington since 1998.
Eager for his child to see the school day out, Barclay approached Brian Blake, his state representative. Blake is now sponsoring House Bill 1060 to add a chapter which requires the school district to allow students meeting the compulsory requirements to be on medical marijuana to be able to receive their natural meds at school, on a school bus and during events at school. Blake said schools are anxious, and he wants to dispel their angst.
Superintendent Opstad is happy about the move and confirmed that he would appreciate clarity from the legislature on the issue.
CBD oil for epilepsy is NOT a drug
Dad Barclay says it would be much better if River could receive CBD oil for epilepsy at school. He suggests that a space where he could give River her cookie could be created in the school nurse’s office. Since the nurse administers other medicine at school, she would not be asked to give River the CBD oil. Classmates won’t even have to know.
The whole thing might seem like a storm in a teacup, but to the Barclays, it means a lot. To us, it may seem strange that such a fuss is being made about a few drops of a herbal extract that can’t even make kids high, but the school is worried about losing its funding over a chocolate chip cookie at lunch. Here’s hoping that good sense prevails in the end!