Medical marijuana OK at K-12 schools in California

Published: 3/10/2021
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Under a new bill, students will be allowed to use medical cannabis products (not in smoking or vaping form) administered by their parents on campus if their school board approves a policy providing access.The bill is called “Jojo’s Act,” named for a South San Francisco teenager who has severe and debilitating epilepsy who takes medicinal cannabis to block seizures.“Jojo’s Act would lift barriers for students with severe medical disabilities – for whom medicinal cannabis is the only medication that works – so they can take their dose at school and then get on with their studies, without being removed from campus and without disrupting their educational experience or that of their classmates,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Counties. “I thank my colleagues in the Senate and in the Assembly, where Assemblymember Christy Smith championed SB 223, for their support of Jojo’s Act.”

More info on Jojo’s Act:Named for a South San Francisco teenager, Jojo’s Act would enable K-12 school district boards, county boards of education and governing bodies of charter schools to choose whether to allow a student’s parent or guardian to administer medicinal cannabis to the child on campus under strict supervision and conditions, including requirements that:The student is a qualified patient with a valid written medical recommendation for medicinal cannabis, and that the student’s parent or guardian provide a copy of the recommendation to the school to keep on file.The student’s medicinal cannabis is in a nonsmokable and nonvapable form. (Typically, medicinal cannabis for children is administered as oil, capsules, tinctures, liquids or topical creams that do not have the psychoactive effects of recreational marijuana.)The medicinal cannabis is not stored on campus. It would be brought to school by the parent or guardian, then taken away after the student receives the necessary dose.The parent or guardian sign in when coming on campus to administer the medicinal cannabis to the student. They must not disrupt the educational environment or expose other students to medicinal cannabis.

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