Although a student may be prescribed medical marijuana for a health condition, under current Colorado laws, they are still not permitted to use their medical marijuana on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school activity, unless the district has adopted their own policy allowing its use. In fact, school nurses are even required to report to the police any student who is exposed to an illegal drug, this including marijuana. Colorado is one of three states where medical marijuana is legal, that has any rules for its use in schools. Out of the 178 school districts in Colorado, none currently allow for medical marijuana use by students while on school grounds. As of this past Monday, a bill aiming to change this law passed with a 10-3 vote by state Legislature. Next, it will need to be approved by the House of Representatives in order to actually go into effect. The updated law would give Colorado school districts the power to permit non-smokeable medical marijuana treatments for students under certain conditions.
While weed advocates and parents to children who are being treated with medical marijuana are happy about the possibility of this bill being updated, others involved in the decision making, including school officials, are worried that it might cause more harm than good. Passing this law wouldn’t mean that students could freely toke up in their cars or in the cafeteria though, which is how some people are picturing what might go down. In reality, students with a medical marijuana recommendation that’s prescribed by a doctor would have to get their dosage administered by a nurse or caregiver while on school grounds, and it must still be in non-smokeable form. Other forms of medical marijuana include patches and pills, which can help to combat health issues such as seizures and cerebral palsy. Many parents were present at Monday’s meeting to speak on behalf of their children who rely on using medical marijuana for health reasons, further explaining that their child is unable to attend school, due to not being able to receive their necessary treatments throughout the day.
If the legislature does end up passing, Colorado would be the second state after New Jersey to allow medical marijuana in public schools.