Daytona Beach, FL -
A 6-year-old Edgewater girl who suffers from a fatal degenerative disorder is the inspiration for the Volusia County School Board's tentative approval of a new policy which will allow students prescribed marijuana by a doctor to take it while at school.
A public hearing will have to take place first before 'Zoe's Policy' can become official. That's expected to happen during a VCSB meeting later this month.
The policy is named for Zoe Adams, whose parents led the charge to make it happen after school officials initially refused to let a teacher administer CBD oil while on campus to ease her symptoms and help her focus in class, citing federal law.
In an emotional message to the school board during last night's meeting, Zoe's parents - J.J. & Kim Adams
- thanked them for making a bold move.
Zoe - who suffers from Sanfilippo Syndrome
- and her parents received a lot of help from "Zoe's Army" a group of like-minded people who petitioned the school board to adopt the policy. Many of them came out in a show of force during a recent board meeting.
Volusia teachers and school personnel will still not be allowed to give students any kind of medical marijuana, but the policy does allow parents to do so in a designated area on the campus, as long as the drugs aren't stored on campus.
The policy is based on similar ones which have already been adopted at other Florida school districts, including earlier this week in Orange County.