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Gov. Markell Signs "Rylie's Law Extension"

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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)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Gov. Jack Markell signed “Rylie’s Law Extension” into affect this afternoon at Rehoboth Elementary School. The law, officially House Bill 181, is an extension of the original law, which allowed children with intractable epilepsy and certain muscle disorders to enroll in the state’s medical marijuana program. The extension will allow the marijuana oil to be administered on school property by a nurse as long as a parent or guardian is present.

Rylie’s mother, Janie Maedler, said this new extension will make her daughter’s life much more convenient and also draw less attention. Currently, the process of signing Rylie out and bringing her off school property would take anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes depending on weather. Also, it called more attention to her daughter being taken out of class every day.

"She took it as embarrassing.” Maedler said. “She doesn't like that type of attention."

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed the new bill into law Wednesday afternoon at Rehoboth Elementary School.

“I got to meet Rylie last year, she's a really special kid.” Gov. Markell said. “To the extent that we can help her continue to feel better so that she can succeed in school and have a happy life outside of school, I think it's wonderful."

Janie sees this as another big step forward for Rylie and the children who require marijuana oil. She hopes the law spreads to other states as well. While the little girl at the center of the movement may not love the attention, her mother reminds her that her story and her struggle are never in vain.


"Ever since the day that we found out that she had the bone tumors we've just explained to her that sometimes these hard things can be a good example to other kids and sometimes tough things will make you stronger."

Maedler hopes to move forward with efforts to make it possible for nurses to administer the oil. Right now, because it is a schedule one substance federally, there is a possible risk. Maedler would like to find a way to protect school nurses so they can give the oil without fear of losing their licenses.

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