In San Mateo County, California, a lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would allow students to bring medical marijuana to school. It would pertain to kids in kindergarten to twelfth grade who are prescribed cannabis to treat medical conditions.
Children Prescribed Medical Cannabis Need Access to Their Medicine at School
California State Senator Jerry Hill has long-supported sensible medical marijuana policy and believes that children prescribed medical cannabis should have the freedom to use their medicine at school.
Hill proposed Senate Bill 1127 on Tuesday. It would allow for kids to take medical marijuana to school, however does contain certain terms and conditions. First of all, medical cannabis would not be permitted in a smokable form, including vaporizers. Any student medicating with cannabis at school would have to take it in a pill, tincture, or topical.
Another provision of the bill is that a parent or guardian would have to come to the school to administer the medical cannabis. The parent or guardian would have to bring it with them, as it would not be permitted to be stored on school property.
It also isn’t clear if all students prescribed medical cannabis would be able to medicate while at school. While school districts could decide to support this policy, it would not be a requirement throughout the state of California.
Medical Cannabis on Campus Strongly Supported by Others
Although there are stipulations to the bill, there is support for the bill from other school officials throughout the state.
Linda Cravahlo-Young is the principal for Special Education Services. She says that medical marijuana access to students who need it is a “critical issue.”
“Knowing the bill is being introduced shows amazing progress towards acceptance of our students with special needs,” she said.
Nancy Magee, associate superintendent of the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Student Services Division is also in favor of Senate Bill 1127.
“Children with significant health conditions often face challenges that interfere not only with their ability to attend school and to learn, but also to have normal childhood experiences like making friends and being part of a school community,” she said. “This bill provides more children the opportunity to experience these rites of passage and to grow and develop alongside their siblings, neighbors and friends. This bill improves the quality of life for students and families and enriches our school communities in the process.”
It was Magee who suggested the bill to Hill after she was informed of a Bay Area parent with a son who uses medical cannabis to control symptoms of a severe form of epilepsy.
“Cannabis is life for our family and thousands of others,” said the mother of the 17-year-old boy. “Without it, my son wouldn’t be here.”