By Derrick Stanley
A bill was sent to the governor of Colorado Tuesday that would guarantee students' ability to use medical marijuana at school.
The Senate gave unanimous approval to the bill,which earlier passed the House wit a vote of 56-9.
“I have a niece that has epilepsy and needs to use cannabis to take care of that problem, so I understand,” said Rep. J. Paul Brown of Ignacio, who had initially opposed the bill.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has said that he will sign the bill.
“My son, if he needed medical marijuana and he needed it during the day while he was in school, I’d want him to have that opportunity,” Hickenlooper said.
“Those kids have every right and expect that they should be able to have access to those medicines, and they haven’t. My hope is that this bill... motivates those schools to make sure these kids can get the medication they apparently need.”
Some districts worry that marijuana remains illegal on the federal level, which could result in a loss of federal funding.
The bill was amended to allow schools to opt out if they can prove that they would lose federal money, though supporters of the bill say it is highly unlikely that federal officials would pull funding.
Several other states have required schools to create policies allowing medical marijuana, which has not resulted in a loss of federal funds.