It was a packed room at the Roundhouse as two mothers spoke before state senators and representatives about the medical cannabis their children need to survive.
“The answer I got over and over from [Albuquerque Public Schools] was if I wanted her to go to school with her medicine, I needed to change the law,” said Lindsey Sledge.
Sledge’s daughter Paloma suffers severe seizures, and had to pull her daughter from school because she wasn’t allowed to bring medical cannabis on school grounds.
“My only option was for me to attend school with her, sit outside in my car, take her off school grounds when I needed to dose her,” said Sledge.
Another mother, Tisha Brick, faced the same struggles with Estancia Municipal Schools and her son Anthony.
“He was put on pretty much every pharmaceutical medication you can think of for anti-psychotic effects. These medications did not benefit Anthony, and in fact they became almost fatal for him,” said Brick.
In emotional pleas, both mothers told the law makers cannabis is the only medication that works.
“It is what allows him to go back to functioning. It does not get him high,” said Brick.
They both say it’s what keeps their children alive. Thursday, they received support from the Human Health and Services Senate Committee, which is pushing for new legislation.
“Thank you moms,” said Rep. Elizabeth Thomson. “Especially as a mom of a kid with a disability, the last thing we need is one more fight.”
The committee says Sen. Gould is sponsoring a bill along with other law makers to help change how schools treat medical cannabis.
After Thursday’s hearing, the mothers say they’re hopeful their kids can go back to school.
The intent is for the senators to present the legislation on Nov. 9, where the committee could endorse the bill. It would then move to the legislative session.