A new ammendment being introduced to Denver’s Medical Marijuana Caregivers Senate Bill, calling to allow students to be able to consume medical marijuana on school campuses, has been approved by the committee.
The measure, named “Jack’s Amendment,” was inspired by a 7NEWS story about Jack Splitt, a 14-year-old with severe cerebral palsy unable to use his cannabis oil and patch at his Jefferson County school.
Jack mother, Stacey Linn, was amazed by the impact that her son has had on the community, saying, “I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it, and just this morning, I thought, ‘Wow here we are,'” Linn said. “And I’ve had people calling me from other states asking, ‘How are you doing this? How did you get here?”
Stacy brought her son to the hearing on Monday, and Longmont Democrat Rep. Jonathan Singer spoke for the first time about Jack’s amendment.
“We allow kids to take all sorts of psychotropic medications, whether it’s Ritalin, whether its opiate pain killers,” Singer told members of the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee. “We allow kids to use that under supervised circumstances. We should do the same thing here.”
Singer has pledged to Jack that he will work on the amendment and present it when the Caregivers Bill goes to a full vote of the House. He is going to make it clear to the House that this amendment isn’t about allowing students to light-up whenever they want on school property, that this is for people like Jack, who need reliable access to their medicine, which will only be administered via tinctures, oil, or patches, not joints.
The amendment is also an opt-in policy, where if the schools that are adamantly against access to marijuana, they don’t have to change anything. These schools will undoubtedly be closing the door on children who need access to medical marijuana, though.
That’s what this initiative is all about, allowing kids with debilitating conditions to attend school like a normal kid and being able to go to school with their peers. We hope the Caregiver’s Bill passes with flying colors, as some are predicting.