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

DOVER, Del.- A bill that would allow sick children to use marijuana-based medicines in schools, cleared the Delaware House on Thursday, making it one signature away from being law. SB 181, better known as the "Rylie's Law Extension" Bill was approved in the House by a unanimous vote, just one week after it was approved unanimously in the Delaware Senate. 

The bill is named after 10-year old Rylie Maedler of Rehoboth Beach, who has suffered with seizures for her entire life. Maedler first gained attention in June of 2015, when the "Rylie's Law" bill was signed into law, which legalized the use of these marijuana-based medicines. Rylie's mother, Janie, said that CBD Oil is one of the few medicines that can alleviate her suffering. 

Since these medicines are prohibited on school grounds, Rylie currently needs to walk off of school premises on a daily basis, to take the medicine.

"It just makes me feel a little singled-out," she said. "And I have to go outside in pretty bad weather. And I miss a lot of class-time, and it's kind of annoying." 

Before the change, Rylie said she was missing approximately 30 minutes of class every day so that she could take her medicine. She said this often leaves her confused when she returns to class. Her mother said this bill helps not only Rylie, but many children across the state. 

"We know other patients," she said. "Medical card holders who have... oxygen support. And for them to do what she's been doing for the last school year is impossible."

Rylie told WBOC that she was glad the bill was approved, because she will no longer feel like an "outcast." 

"I'd be really happy," she said. "That I wouldn't have to miss class and stuff. I'd just be really happy because it wouldn't make me feel singled out and really different." 

There is an amendment to the bill that has created some debate. The amendment mandates that the medicines can only be given by a parent or guardian in the school, and not by a nurse. The Medical Society of Delaware objected to this amendment, arguing that nurses are fully capable of giving this medicine. 

The office of Gov. Jack Markell told WBOC that he has not yet reviewed the legislation, and could thus not announce whether he would be signing the bill. 

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