A Colorado mother says her son shouldn’t have been suspended from school after staff there discovered medical marijuana tablets mixed into his lunch.
In a videotaped interview with KKTV News (show below), Jennie Stormes said she made the mistake, not her son Jackson, and doesn’t think he should have been punished.
Jackson, nicknamed 'Jax,' she explained, has Dravet syndrome, a condition that has left him severely disabled and suffering from seizures.
Stormes said doctors had tried everything to help reduce the seizures but nothing worked until they tried medical marijuana, which is now given to Jaxon in the form of cannabis oil administered either with a syringe or through gel tablets mixed into his food.
“He no longer had 30-minute to 60-minute-long seizures; he's having two to three-minute-long seizures max,” she said.
The treatment was so effective she moved her family from New Jersey to Colorado where medical marijuana laws are more relaxed.
But it was those tablets that landed Jax in hot water with school administrators at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs last week.
Stormes said she inadvertently packed a punch for her son that contained some of those tablets. She said she got a call on the afternoon of May 11 saying Jax was being suspended for a day for bringing a controlled substance to school.
“I was like, ‘You're kidding me. He didn't do anything.’ Jax does not have the ability to form that intent. He didn't make lunch, he didn't pack lunch," she told KKTV.
Now, Stormes says, she wants to work with school officials to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to other students in a similar situation.
She spoke with the district’s school board Thursday, asking them to change their policies.
Colorado lawmakers recently passed a bill that would allow for students to be administered cannabis-derived medicines on school property.
According to KXRM News, the bill has not yet been signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Dustin Senger, a representative for the district, acknowledged that the proposed legislation doesn’t help Jax or get him off the hook for his suspension.
“It really wasn’t about him specifically, the school is just trying to follow the policy as they exist right now, and that could all change this summer, it just depends on how these conversations will go at the state level and the local level develop,” Senger told KXRM.
But Stormes said she would like to see the board adopt more relaxed policies, regardless of what the governor or lawmakers decide to do.
She has been invited to sit on a board to review those policies for her local district.