Colorado approves Medical Marijuana in Classroom
Posted by Sagar Satapathy on May 06, 2015.
The State Legislature in Colorado took a historic step by approving a bill, which would allow students at schools to have medical marijuana. The bill has now been sent to the Colorado Governor's desk. Supporters of the bill argued that medical marijuana should be treated at par with other medications and schools should be no exception.
Schoolchildren living with conditions like epilepsy, cerebral palsy and seizures, take doses of low-THC medical marijuana. However, they are not allowed to take those in schools, which are drug-free zones. With the House approving the changes, it will be a big relief for the parents whose children may need medical marijuana at schools.
Rep. Jonathan Singer (Democrat) sponsored the bill, known as "Jack's Amendment". The amendment was inspired by 14-year-old Colorado boy Jack Splitt, whose nurse was cautioned at school for putting a medical marijuana patch on his arm that was prescribed by doctors to help his spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and dystonia. They were asked not to return to school with the patch.
The bill would allow parents or caregivers to come into schools and administer marijuana in the form of a patch. But, they must be armed with a doctor's note. Or else, they won't be allowed to administer medical marijuana. The bill would help the students to avoid the dilemma of not going to school whenever they need the drug for treatment.
The Colorado House passed the legislation with overwhelming support. It was passed unanimously. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has 30 days to sign or reject the bill. Colorado would become the first State in the U.S.A. to allow medical marijuana in the classroom once the bill is signed. As per the reports, Governor John Hickenlooper has given his approval to the bill and would sign it soon.