DENVER (AP) - The Latest on a bill that would allow students to use medical marijuana at public schools. (all times local):
Colorado schools would be forced to allow students to use medical pot under a bill that has cleared its first hurdle at the state Legislature.
The bill updates a new law that gives school districts the power to permit medical marijuana treatments for students under certain conditions. Patient advocates call the law useless because none of Colorado’s 178 school districts currently allows such use.
Colorado would be the second state to require schools to accommodate medical pot as long as it is in non-smokeable form and is administered by a nurse or caregiver.
School officials testified against the requirement, saying marijuana remains illegal under federal law. But dozens of parents packed a Monday hearing to say their children are unable to attend school because schools forbid marijuana treatments. The bill passed 10-3.
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A new Colorado law allowing medical marijuana use at public schools is getting a second look. That’s because no school districts are allowing it, even though the law says they can.
A bill up for its first vote in a state House committee Monday would make Colorado the second state to require schools to allow nurses or caregivers to administer medical pot.
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.
The state Department of Education is neutral on the marijuana requirement. But some school officials oppose it, saying it could endanger federal school funding.
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