Outrageous Colorado's New Idea: Let Students Use Medical Marijuana in School
A new Colorado bill to allow students to use medical marijuana at public schools is being considered this week by a state House committee.
The current law allows students who need medical marijuana to use edible pot at public schools as long as the school districts agree, but no school districts currently do.
Now, medical marijuana advocates are pushing the new bill to make Colorado the second state to require schools to allow nurses or parents to administer medical pot. New Jersey made the change last year.
Supporters of the bill say that school districts are dragging their feet on allowing school nurses to give cannabis-based oils or allow students to wear cannabis patches. The law does not allow the use of smoked marijuana on a school campus.
"Kids shouldn't have to choose between their medicine and going to school," said Democratic Rep. Jonathan Singer, a sponsor of the bill.
The state Department of Education is neutral on the measure, but some school officials oppose it, saying it could jeopardize federal funding.
Colorado has about 350 kids under 18 on the medical marijuana registry, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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