Schools in Colorado must allow students in need of medical marijuana’s health benefits to use medical cannabis products in school.
Colorado’s Senate unanimously voted 35-0 in favor of the bill last Tuesday. Governor Hickenlooper has issued support for the bill and will sign it into law,
A year ago, a similar amendment was signed into that allowed nurses and parents to administer medical marijuana to students, but did not force schools to allow medical marijuana for students. Given the option to agree with this permitted use, Colorado’s school districts would not agree to let students medicate in school–so the issue was pushed a step further by advocates and parents.
Likewise, this new bill requires all of Colorado’s schools to allow medical marijuana derivative medicines like tinctures, patches, and edibles. Students are still not allowed to smoke medical cannabis in school, however.
For Colorado’s students with illnesses like epilepsy and their family’s, this bill provides a major sigh of relief. They will no longer be forced to choose between attending school and utilizing their medical marijuana.
Colorado joins New Jersey as the second state to officially permit cannabis use in all schools.