Volusia County School Board debates cannabis oil

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The Volusia County School Board is moving forward with a plan to allow qualified students to receive medical marijuana treatment at schools. 

Members say they plan to name the new police, “Zoe’s Policy” after the little girl it will help. 
Zoe Adams, a student at Edgewater Public School, is suffering from Sanfilippo Syndrome, which is deadly. 

“Her comfort level is really what we’re trying to control, her quality of life,” said Zoe’s mom, Kimberly Adams. ”She’s not going to get better, it’s not going to cure her. This is not going to make this disease go away.” 

Adams says one thing that has helped her 7-year-old daughter is CBD oil. 

“Now what we’re trying to do, the whole point in this happening, was because she started having silent seizures and we needed to control that and we really didn’t want to put her on severe medications,” Adams explained. 

But Zoe’s mom says she hasn’t been able to administer the CBD oil, which is derived from the hemp plant, to her daughter at school because the district said it’s against federal law. 

That stance appears to be changing, though. 

School board members discussed a new policy Tuesday night that would allow students to receive medical marijuana treatment from a caregiver on campus. 

A district official says the board likes it. They want an attorney to take a look at the wording but expect to pass it next month and name it “Zoe’s Policy.” 

“She’s always going to live forever because of Zoe’s Policy. It will always be there,” said Volusia County School Board Chairwoman Linda Cuthbert. 

“We always said that she was going to change the world and she’s starting to do that baby steps at a time,” said Zoe’s dad, J.J. Adams. 

Zoe was not at the meeting Tuesday, but her dad said he couldn’t wait to tell her the news.