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Public schools in Maine are beginning to shape policies around the use of medical marijuana by students during the school day.

The law, passed this previous spring, dictates that schools may assist in the administration of medical marijuana for those students who are registered patients. The policy will take into consideration the license requirements of school nurses, as their certifications could be at risk should they personally administer medical marijuana.

RSU 25 superintendent Jim Boothby reports that schools “have to be careful” regarding medical marijuana policy as it has previously been “undefined.” Boothby’s district will allow medical marijuana to be administered on school property, but with extra precautions by requiring it to be completed by a parent or guardian. An area will be designated for its administration, and it will be prohibited to store medical marijuana on school grounds.

Maine School Management Association will provide an example draft of the new rules for its districts, according to Dan Higgins, superintendent of Ellsworth. They will be reviewed by legal counsel to ensure their compliance with state law and medical policies.

These new policies will go into effect in January 2016.

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