- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Augusta Board of Education has approved a policy that would allow students to use medical marijuana to manage various medical conditions.

The Kennebec Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1RtLSLu ) the new policy was written as a means to guide school staff members and was based on a model from the Maine School Management Association.

Board members said the policy was added in the wake of a state law allowing its use, not out of concern about the issue locally.

State law permits eligible students to have medical marijuana administered by a primary caregiver. Students are not allowed to possess the medical marijuana themselves.

Assistant Superintendent Donna Madore responded to criticism by saying “this is a law, a new regulation, and we have to provide allowances for it to happen.”

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/

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