Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mother’s To Speak About Safe Access To Medical Cannabis At Schools



For Immediate Release:
Date And Location: Friday, May 11th 2018 | The start time will be 9:15 AM

New Mexico Department of Health Harold Runnels Building (1190 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505). Prior to the the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting schedule for that day.              Cancelled Due to Meeting Cancellation. 
Speakers: 
Tisha Brick, Anthony's Mom
Lindsay Sledge, Paloma’s Mom
Contacts:

Jason Barker
SafeAccessNewMexico@gmail.com


Mother’s To Speak About Safe Access To Medical Cannabis At Schools 


       Lindsay and Paloma Credit: ABQ Journal                                                   Brick Family Credit:KOB4
Santa Fe, NM - We've come a long way since cannabis was first decriminalized in Oregon in 1973 and then in New Mexico; medical cannabis history started in 1978, after public hearings the legislature enacted H.B. 329, the nation’s first law recognizing the medical value of cannabis…the first law. This now being the 10th year for New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) that was created in 2007, as the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, under chapter 210 Senate Bill 523.

Safe Access to medical cannabis for those patients who do or will benefit most from medical cannabis treatments; still need to overcome political, social and legal barriers with advocacy by creating policies that improve safe access to medical cannabis for patients - and that means at school too.

In New Mexico families are unjustly being denied to allow their child to use medical cannabis while at school, we now have two parents fighting to change this. These two courageous mothers are fearlessly advocating for medical cannabis patients rights and safe access for the beneficial use of medical cannabis in schools, which is also the very fundamental basis for New Mexico’s medical cannabis law.

“Section 2. PURPOSE OF ACT.--The purpose of the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act is to allow the beneficial use of medical cannabis in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.”
These two children and any student for that matter in our state’s medical cannabis program should be treated just like every other child who attends public schools in our state that uses medicine at school. The use of medical cannabis and safe access to it at school for these two students is a medical necessity.

“Medically Necessary” is defined as “health-care services or supplies needed to prevent, diagnose, or treat an illness, injury, condition, disease, or its symptoms and that meet accepted standards of medicine.” Medical necessity is a United States legal doctrine, related to activities which may be justified as reasonable, necessary, and/or appropriate, based on evidence-based clinical standards of care.

Schools already allow children to use all kinds of psychotropic medications—from Ritalin to opioid painkillers—when prescribed by a physician. But they tend to take a much harder stance on medical cannabis, even in the case of non-psychoactive medical cannabis CBD oils.

Currently there are six other states with comprehensive medical cannabis programs (New Jersey, Maine, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Illinois) that have successfully set forth Rules and Regulations for allowing school age children to have safe access to medical cannabis while attending public schools.

In Albuquerque, parents of Paloma, age 4, was diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome and takes doctor-recommended cannabis oil in the morning, at lunch and in the late afternoon to keep the chronic seizures under control. Despite having a medical cannabis card, State law prohibits medical cannabis on school grounds and on school buses and Albuquerque Public Schools cites the drug-free policy within APS.
Link to Paloma’s Story: https://www.abqjournal.com/1164715/preschooler-who-needs-medical-cannabis-cant-take-it-on-campus.html

In Estancia, parents of a 10 year who also has his medical cannabis card for treatment of undifferentiated schizophrenia, PTSD and ADHD. His mom said she had to pull him out of school last fall when the administration told her she would no longer be able to administer his much-needed medication while on campus. In a letter, the superintendent points to a state law saying that, despite Anthony's medical card, cannabis is now allowed on school grounds. Link to Anthony’s Story: http://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/mother-wants-access-to-medical-cannabis-in-the-classroom/4886110/


Date And Location: Friday, May 11th 2018 | The start time will be 9:15 AM

New Mexico Department of Health Harold Runnels Building (1190 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505). Prior to the the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting schedule for that day.

Speakers:
Tisha Brick, Anthony's mom
Lindsay Sledge, Paloma’s mom

The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Public Meeting will be on Friday, May 11 2018 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Harold Runnels Building (1190 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505) and the meeting will be on the first floor in the auditorium (Room A-1006). You may obtain the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting Agenda no later than 72 hours before the meeting from the Department of Health.

If you’re ready to share the story of your child’s need to use medical cannabis at school, sharing it with us will help spread the word. Contact us to share your story. This will be a fight, but you’re not in it alone.

My name is Jason Barker, I’m a medical cannabis patient, advocate, and registered voter in Bernalillo County (Albuquerque District 4/Senate 21/House 27). I am the Americans For Safe Access lead advocate for New Mexico and the founder and organizer with the Lynn & Erin Compassionate Use Act Patient’s Coalition of New Mexico which is now Safe Access New Mexico (New Mexico Chapter of Americans For Safe Access).

We focus solely on medical cannabis issues, decriminalization of cannabis, hemp policy and do not work on legalization of cannabis for non-medical purposes or other illicit drug issues.

For detailed information on the six other states with comprehensive medical cannabis programs (New Jersey, Maine, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Illinois) that have successfully set forth Rules and Regulations for allowing school age children to have safe access to medical cannabis while attending public schools; review this article/resource guide: ‘Program Participants Should Be Able To Use Medical Cannabis At Schools’
http://www.cannabisnewsjournal.co/2018/04/program-participants-should-be-able-to.html


By Jason Barker | Safe Access New Mexico
SafeAccessNewMexico@gmail.com
www.cannabisnewsjournal.co

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