Colorado Bill Passes to Allow Children to Receive Cannabis-Based Medication at School
On March 17, the Colorado Senate passed a bill in a 33-1 vote that would allow K-12 students with serious medical conditions easier access to cannabis-based medications while at school, as reported by the Associated Press.
Under the current law, any cannabis-based medication can only be possessed and administered to students by a parent or caregiver while on school grounds. Still, school principals are permitted to store it.
Parents expressed their frustration at the Senate Committee on Education, describing their children’s hardships while trying to get their medicinal cannabis at school. Some parents said they often have to leave work or opted for their children to learn remotely to make it easier for them to receive the medication, as reported by the Associated Press.
The new bill would help limit parents’ frustration as it « removes the discretion from the school principals and requires school boards to implement policies allowing for the storage, possession and administration of cannabis-based medicine by school personnel. »
It would also allow school employees to possess or give medicinal cannabis to students and protect nurses who distribute the medication to students at school.