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Proposed Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana in Del. Schools

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THC oil (Photo: WBOC) THC oil (Photo: WBOC)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- A newly introduced bill in Delaware would allow the recently legalized low dose medical marijuana for children under 18 to be administered on school property.

Delaware Senate Bill 181 is an extension of "Rylie's Law," which legalized low dose THC oil last year.

The inspiration behind the law is 10-year-old Rylie Maedler from Rehoboth Beach, who said she is feeling great now that she can use the oil on a daily basis to combat seizures and other medical problems.

"If there's anyone that still doesn't believe in the medicine or anything they should know that it actually helps kids because there's lots of proof that it actually helps," she explained. "Because I was always crying in pain and stuff but right now I'm no."

Now, the Maedler family, and bill sponsor Senator  Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, want to break more barriers by allowing nurses to administer the drug at school.

"We have to go there everyday to give her her medicine and we go and we walk her across the bridge, give her her medicine and then walk her back," Janie Maedler, Rylie's mother said. "So she has to miss class time during those times that we just go to give her her medicine."

Questions of course arise in regards to having any sort of cannabis on a school property. According to Lopez, the oils would be locked up, only accessible to those certified.

"It's a registered nurse that is administering it," Janie Maedler said. "Kids can't get their hands on Epipens, or somebody else's antibiotic during the day either, even Tylenol, little kids just can't get their hands on it."

The bill has bipartisan support, and sponsors are awaiting feedback from state superintendent and nurse associations but said they have yet to have much opposition.

The bill now heads to the Senate Health and Social Services Committee where it will be heard in March.
 

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