Colorado: Marijuana-in-schools Debate Returns
By Derrick Stanley
A House committee in Colorado is reconsidering a new law that will allow medical marijuana in public schools.
Currently, the law allows students who need medical marijuana to use edible forms of cannabis in public schools as long as the school districts agree.
No school district currently allows it, so patient advocates are pushing the bill to make Colorado the second state to require schools to allow pr parents to administer medical marijuana. New Jersey was the first to make the change last year.
"They need to make reasonable accommodations so that children who need medical marijuana can go to school," said Stacey Linn, a Lakewood mother of a 15-year-old with cerebral palsy who is not allowed to wear a skin patch delivering a cannabis-derived treatment to school.
School law currently says that medical marijuana must be in non-smokable form and is to be administered by a school nurse or caregiver, usually a parent. But school nurses are also required by law to report to authorities any child who is exposed to an illegal drug, including marijuana-derived treatments.
Parents feel that medical marijuana should be treated the same as Ritalin or other controlled substances that are routinely dispensed by school districts.
New Jersey last year required schools to allow student medical marijuana use, and has had no repercussions from federal authorities.
"Kids shouldn't have to choose between their medicine and going to school," said Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont and sponsor of the bill.