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Bill Allowing Marijuana-Based Medicines In Schools Approved By Delaware Senate

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Every day Rylie needs to leave school property in order to take her medicine (Source: WBOC) Every day Rylie needs to leave school property in order to take her medicine (Source: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. - Just one day after being released from a senate committee, a bill making marijuana-based medicines more accessible for children was approved by the Delaware Senate. Senate Bill 181, better known as the "Rylie's Law Extension" Bill, would allow a student to take the medicine in the school, so long as a caregiver is present. 

On Wednesday, the bill was voted out of the Delaware Senate Health and Social Services Committee by a unanimous vote, opening up the door for Thursday's vote. 

This new bill followed the passing of "Rylie's law" last summer, which allowed children to use these marijuana-based medicines, in order to deal with conditions like seizures. The bill was named after Rylie Maedler, a 10-year-old from Rehoboth Beach, who has spent most of her life dealing with seizures. Rylie's condition has improved greatly since she started using the CBD oils, according to her mother. 

The final vote was 21-0, according to the bill sponsor Ernie Lopez. 

In an interview on Wednesday, Rylie told WBOC that she currently needs to leave school property in order to get her medicine. 

"I have to walk all the way to the car," she said. "And when I get back, I'm really confused. Because I haven't been there for like half an hour. And sometimes I miss out on some stuff."

The bill has received opposition from the Medical Society of Delaware, due to an amendment attached to the bill. That amendment said that the medicine can only be administered by a caregiver, and not a nurse. The society told WBOC that these nurses should be allowed to give the medicine to the students.

"The committee believes this amendment," said External Affairs Officer Mark Thompson, "Though well-intentioned, creates unintended consequences and believes that the school nurses, based upon their education and training are the most appropriately qualified to administer this treatment during the school day." 

The bill will now head to the Delaware House for a vote. If approved by this chamber, the bill will go to Gov. Jack Markell for a signature. 

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