It’s not hard to figure out who the coolest kid in kindergarten will be this year. Brooke Adams, who is all of 5, is the first student in California history who can legally bring medical marijuana with her to school, according to NBC Bay Area.
It’s a big moment for the state and the nation, but even bigger one for the Adams family (not that one). As an infant, Brooke was diagnosed with a rare and serious form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. This caused her seizures which could last for more than a half hour and require paramedics.
“It gives her seizures that don’t stop very easily, or don’t stop at all,” Brooke’s father Jon Adams (not that one) told NBC.
The family tried different prescription medications to treat Brooke’s symptoms, but none proved effective, and many carried with them strong and unpleasant side effects.
Brooke suffered “Behavioral problems, sleep deprived, different things that [were] not good for her,” her mother Jane Adams (not that one) said.
Brooke has had a medical marijuana card since she was a little more than one year old. Her use of CBD oil and emergency THC oil have been very effective, her parents say. Brooke’s seizures are now less frequent and only last three or four minutes.
Because medical marijuana isn’t technically a prescription drug (only a doctor-recommended one), there has been no allowance in most of the country for students to bring their MMJ to school the way they might with other controlled substances such as painkillers.
Brooke’s parents found that unacceptable and took the matter to court. The case is not yet settled, but in the meantime a judge has issued Brooke a temporary stay which allows her to bring her cannabis oil to class.
A nurse at Brooke’s school has learned how to administer the medicine and the school district has issued a statement, saying: “the Rincon valley unified school district is happy to have the opportunity to serve Brooke and now has direction from the court to be able to do so.”
The judge is expected to reach a final decision in the case in September or October.