Medical Marijuana to be allowed in New Jersey Schools

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on November 16, 2015.

Students with developmental disabilities in New Jersey schools will now be allowed to take their doses of medical marijuana with proper prescriptions and aid. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently signed a new law allowing medical marijuana use in schools - first of its kind in the U.S.

The new law seeks to help students with life-threatening conditions, including epileptic seizures, which require dosages of edible marijuana. The law was formulated after the parents of 16-year-old Genny Barbour, sought legal remedies so that their daughter is allowed to receive her midday dosage of cannabis oil from a nurse at the Larc School in Bellmawr in New Jersey.

Larc School Director Susan Weiner welcomed the decision and expressed confidence that it would help the young kids and their families. Roger Barbour, Genny's father, too expressed joy and happiness over the news. Officials at The Larc School had initially refused to allow the cannabis oil in the school because of legal concerns.

The new makes sure that parents and students register and get ID cards under New Jersey's medical marijuana program by paying $200 fee. Registered parents and students (patients) will have to provide their ID cards to the school, which would maintain a record of all those need medical marijuana. Either parents can administer the medication to their children themselves or take the help of nurses.

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