New Law Requires Colorado Schools to Permit Medical Marijuana on Campus

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New Law Requires Colorado Schools to Permit Medical Marijuana on Campus

(The Cannabist)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a bill into law that now requires school districts to adjust policy to allow students to use medical marijuana.

Back in 2015, Jefferson County resident Stacy Linn and her son Jack Splitt, who uses medical marijuana to treat his cerebral palsy, won a major court battle to allow MMJ use in Colorado schools. However, even after that, not one school district in Colorado changed its individual drug policy to allow medical cannabis.

“He normally has a talker on his chair that he uses to communicate,” Linn said. “The marijuana makes it so that he can hold his head still in order to operate that device, and the marijuana also makes it so that he’s not so sedated so that he can’t learn.”

This new law signed by Gov. Hickenlooper requires all Colorado school districts to change their policies to allow non-smoked medical marijuana on school grounds. If a school district loses federal funding because of the new policy — which was the main argument as to why schools refused to change — the state will reimburse whatever’s lost.

All school districts’ revised policies will go into effect at the beginning of the next school year.