Bill allowing schools to permit medical cannabis use passes Calif. Legislature
Sacramento — California school districts could decide whether to allow their K-12 students who use cannabis for medical conditions to consume it on campus under a bill passed by the state Legislature on Monday and headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.
SB1127, by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would allow school districts to adopt policies allowing students with special needs or severe disabilities to use medical cannabis on campus. The bill does not require school districts to create policies but permits them to decide if they want to allow it.
Under the bill, a parent or guardian could administer medical marijuana to their child as long as it is in a nonsmoking, nonvaping form while on campus. The cannabis could not be stored at the school.
If Brown signs the bill, California would become the eighth state to allow students to use medical marijuana at school, joining Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey and Washington.
The bill, called Jojo’s Act, is named after a South San Francisco High School student with a form of severe epilepsy who must be taken off campus so that his mother may give him a dose of cannabis oil, which prevents debilitating and life-threatening seizures.
SB1127 failed its first vote in the Assembly 39-24 after 17 lawmakers refused to vote on Thursday. After being granted reconsideration, the bill passed the Assembly 42-20 on Monday, with 18 lawmakers not voting. The Senate passed the bill 32-7 in May.
Hill said students who take a dose of medical cannabis at regular intervals are forced to miss additional school time because their parents are required to take them off campus to administer it.