Young medical marijuana patients enrolled in a school within the Oklahoma City district of Oklahoma are officially allowed to take their medication at school after a vote Monday, January 14. Acknowledging that doctor-recommended medical cannabis is just like any other prescription medication, the school board unanimously approved the new policy.
“It was passed by the voters, it’s a medication and it’s a medication that has been prescribed by a doctor,” School board member Mark Mann said. “I don’t see how we can possibly withhold it. That may not be popular with some people, but if it’s not popular they need to go back to the ballot box and address it there.”
Who can take medical marijuana at school?
The new policy only applies to students who meet the proper state licensure requirements. The medical cannabis must be administered to the student by a caregiver. Students are not allowed to carry their medical cannabis with them on school property, and they may not administer it to themselves. Teachers may not administer, distribute, or store medical marijuana for students.
The school is required to provide a private location within the school for the caregiver to administer the medication to the student. Caregivers must leave the school immediately after giving the medication to the student, and they are required to take all of the medical cannabis with them when they leave.
While smoking medical marijuana is legal in the Sooner State, only non-smokable forms are allowed to be used in school because state law prohibits smoking of any kind on school property. Edibles, tinctures, and topical forms of medical cannabis are permitted, according to the new policy.
Claiming stake as the 30th state in the nation to enact broad medical marijuana legislation, Oklahoma voters approved the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative on June 26, 2018 with 57% in favor. Unlike many other states that have overturned medical marijuana prohibition, Oklahoma does not have a list of qualifying conditions. Physicians are able to recommend medical cannabis to any patient that may benefit from it.