Proposed California bill would allow medical marijuana in schools

FILE - This Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 photo shows jars of medical marijuana on display on the counter of Western Caregivers Medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutors to pursue violators of federal marijuana laws, not only states that legalized recreational pot are at risk of a crackdown, but so is most of the rest of America. All but four states allow some form of medical marijuana, even Sessions' home state of Alabama. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

A newly proposed California bill would allow children who rely on medical marijuana to be able to legally take their medications at school.

Senator Jerry Hill introduced SB 1127 on Tuesday, February 13, which would give schools the ability to have parents come on school grounds and provide their student with the prescribed dose of medical cannabis. The bill focuses on kindergarten through 12 grade students with special needs or severe disabilities.

The medications prescribed, according to the bill, are usually in the form of a capsule, oil, or topical cream. The bill would prohibit students from smoking or vaping marijuana.

"The [prescriptions] have a very little bit of THC. It's mainly CBD [cannabidiol] so it's not like they're bringing on cookies, chocolate, candy or gummies that have some effect. This is a very little amount of that psychoactive part and it [child's medication] is removed right away so it's not staying on campus," Hill furthered his reasons for the bill.

Shasta County physicians explained that medical marijuana is illegal federally so they do not prescribe it. However, doctors are allowed to recommend the use of cannabis.

Sen. Hill notes that one important factor is the child does not bring his or her medication to school. The parent or guardian would bring the prescribed dose of cannabis to the school to administer it in a private area, away from other children and outside the view of children. The cannabis would leave school campus with the parent or guardian.

The bill does not force school districts to allow medical marijuana on campus. Sen. Hill stated it simply gives schools the option to enable parents to bring their student's medical cannabis prescription onto campus.

Cannabis dispensaries explained that medical marijuana prescriptions for minors look like any normal medicine. They are not available in candy-like shapes or flavors.

If the bill passes in the California Assembly, Governor Jerry Brown would have until September 1 to sign it into law.

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