Medical Marijuana in Schools? Bill Advancing in Legislature.

A bill that would pave the way for medical cannabis use in California schools is headed back to the State Senate after receiving approval in the State Assembly.

Sen. Jerry Hill’s SB 223 would allow K-12 public school students with special needs or severe disabilities who rely on cannabis-based medicine to be able to take their medication at school, so long as the school district approves such a policy. A parent or guardian would be allowed to administer the medicine to the child on campus, provided that the school district or county board of education signs off.

The bill does not require districts to adopt this type of policy, but would offer the choice to allow marijuana on campuses for the purpose of medicating students. Children are currently prohibited by law from taking medical cannabis to school and must be taken away from campus by their parent before taking their medicine.

A similar bill was previously vetoed by former Gov. Jerry Brown.


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