- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) - An autistic New Jersey teenager who suffers from potentially life-threatening epileptic seizures will now be allowed to legally consume edible medical marijuana at her school.

The Larc School adopted the policy Wednesday after Gov. Chris Christie this week signed a law allowing it, NJ.com reported (https://bit.ly/1MpZvF9 ).

The law now permits 16-year-old Genny Barbour to receive her midday dosage of cannabis oil from a nurse at the special education school in Bellmawr in southern New Jersey.

Barbour’s parents, who unsuccessfully sued on their daughter’s behalf last year, said cannabis oil works better than any traditional pharmaceutical medication to control their daughter’s seizures. Roger Barbour said his daughter will likely begin taking the medication at school Monday. Genny had been attending school in half-day sessions so she could receive her medication on time.

Officials with The Larc School and the Maple Shade School District initially refused to allow the cannabis oil on school grounds because of legal concerns.

“We want the best for Genny. We were not able to do it legally,” said Larc executive director Susan Weiner. “We are pleased we are able to help the family.”

Parents and children registered under New Jersey’s medical marijuana program must provide their identification cards to the school, which will keep copies of each on file.

Parents are permitted to administer the medication to their children themselves as long as it is conducted in a private room with a staff member present, Weiner said.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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