Colorado may soon allow Medical Marijuana use in Schools

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on April 14, 2016.

The lawmakers of Colorado on Monday advanced a marijuana legislation bill that would allow students to use medical marijuana at school. The law will empower the school nurses and parents to give medical marijuana treatments in the form of oil or patches to the students suffering from certain health problems.

The bill passed 10-3 and now awaits a vote by the full House. According to the bill, the use of medical marijuana must be in non-smoking form and is to be administered by a school nurse, caregiver or a parent, under the recommendation of doctors.  Those school nurses are also required to report to authorities any child who is exposed to an illegal drug, including marijuana-derived treatments.

The supporters of the marijuana bill argue that schools need to make accommodations for children who need medical marijuana, while the opponents say a loose policy could threaten federal education funding, for which they don't want to go against federal law.

However, the proponents of medical marijuana observe that schools are being too conservative about the prospect of endangering federal funding.

The champion of medical use also point out that under the current rule, a child suffering a life‐threatening seizure at school must be taken off campus in order to receive life‐saving medical intervention if the triaging medication is medicinal marijuana. They also observe that such practice not only endangers the child’s life, it increases the chance they will end up in emergency room and face other complications with their conditions.

Medical marijuana for children currently follows strict requirements, including recommendations by two doctors and approval from the state health department.

In last November, New Jersey became the first state to enact a law requiring all school districts to have rules that allow children with certain health difficulties to have edible medical marijuana at school campus.

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