A young girl in the Maple Shade School District has been granted permission to consume CBD oil while on school grounds. The oil, which contains cannabinoids, is banned in schools across the nation. Genny Barbour who suffers from epilepsy, takes the oil in order to treat her health condition which causes seizures.
The school was previously against her consuming the oil on campus as they felt that it was in violation of the drug-free school zone laws. However, the school board took up her family’s special request and now allow her to take one of her four daily doses during her luch break after New Jersey Gover Chris Christie signed a bill that supported Barbour’s right to consume the oil while on school grounds rather than having to go home.
There are some restrictions as Barbour’s parents must be enrolled with New Jersey’s medical marijuana program and the oil can only be administered by a parent or registered care-giver under the watchful eye of a supervising staff member.
“We really want the school nurse to administer the medicine,” said Roger, her father. “Like any other drug.”
CBD (cannabidiol), one of over 60 cannabinoids found in cannabis, is used to treat a wide spectrum of health conditions including schizophrenia and cancer. CBD is non-pschoactive, meaning that it does not give a high when consumed, however it is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug.