The fight to normalize medical marijuana just got a big boost of confidence in Colorado. The state senate unanimously voted Tuesday in favor of requiring that schools allow the use of doctor-recommended cannabis products by students, as reported by The Pueblo Chieftain.
Though the state bill HB1373 still has to be signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper, the overwhelming support from the state senate and the governor’s previous endorsement of marijuana legislation bodes well for the bill’s future.
When and if the bill is passed, it’s not like a bunch of kids are going to be lighting up in school just because they told their doctor they have headaches. Only non-smokeable cannabis will be allowed in the school (oils, pills, edibles) and these products must be administered by a parent or adult caregiver. That means that, most likely, the only students taking advantage of this law will be teenagers and children with legitimate medical need of cannabis, such as those suffering from epilepsy or cancer treatments.
The bill’s sponsor Rep. Jonathan Singer told the Chieftain that the bill, “forces a conversation that we were hoping would be a voluntary conversation.”
HB1373 is nicknamed “Jack’s Law” after Jack Splitt, a severely ill medical marijuana patient whose cannabinoid arm-patch was confiscated by his school administrators. Splitt requires constant care for his spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and dystonia.
After the absurd incident where his medicine was taken away from him, his mother Stacey Lynn campaigned through her organization the CannAbility Foundation for a change in state school policy.
“We don’t have time to wait for school districts to do the right thing,” she said in a press release. “Jack and many other children need their medicine to get through the day and learn, and it’s imperative that those responsible for teaching them show compassion and understanding.”
If passed, the bill will make a big difference for students suffering from serious illnesses which can be treated by cannabinoids, and help set a precedent of making medical marijuana as normal in schools as any other prescription medication.
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