There have been many individuals who have left their mark on the cannabis culture, but none were quite like Jack Splitt. Jack Splitt was the inspiration behind “Jack’s Law.” Jack’s Law requires schools in the state of CO to allow parents to administer cannabis-based medicine to their children on school grounds. Jack suffered from cerebral palsy and experienced very severe pain due to this illness. He utilized a cannabis-based medical patch which delivered medicine throughout the day and was very successful at relieving his ailments. When a school employee removed this patch from his arm back in 2015, Jack’s Law was introduced to make changes. After changing the minds of many legislators, Jack’s Law was signed by Governor John Hickenlooper this June. Aside from Jack’s Law, Jack was an inspiration of many initiatives in the state aimed at the rights of pediatric medical marijuana patients. He was also the inspiration behind CannAbility Foundation. This foundation helps to provide resources to the families of sick children who utilize whole plant cannabis for treatment.
It is with a heavy heart today, that we report Jack lost his battle to cerebral palsy and passed away at home with his family on Wednesday, August 24th at just 15 years old. His passing comes one week after he started classes at Wheat Ridge High School. Jack has been described by many as a very vibrant, happy and even flirtatious young man, despite the suffering he went through for so many years.
In Jack’s 15 years of life he brought hope and a smile into thousands of people lives. Everyone who knew Jack and had the pleasure of meeting him has had one common thing to say in their remembrance of Jack, and that is that he had a smile that would change your day. Through his and his family’s advocacy, they have changed the future for thousands of children that rely on cannabis for relief. Jack will forever live on in the hearts of his loved ones as well as thousands of people from around the world that have followed his story.
In the wake of Jack’s sudden passing, his family has set up a Go Fund Me account to help raise the funds needed for his burial services. If you would like to help this family during their time of tragedy, please consider giving to this fund. If you have a memory of Jack, we would love for you to share it with us in the comments below and help his legacy be remembered throughout the community and culture. Our deepest condolences to everyone touched by his passing.