Proposed California Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana Use at School
By Mike McKinnon III
SACRAMENTO (KUSI) – Medical marijuana is already legal in 31 of the 50 states (and Washington D.C.).
As time goes on, more and more people are turning to medical marijuana as a way to treat seizures, epilepsy, insomnia, cancer, and autism. A large number of these medical marijuana patients are teenagers and young children, which isn’t a problem in California, until they set foot on school property.
Marijuana is strictly forbidden on school sites because it violates federal law. CaliforniaHealthline.org is reporting a story of a mom and son in San Francisco where this federal law is disrupting their lives, as well as her son Jojo’s classmates on a daily basis. Jojo has a doctor’s note to take cannabis to prevent his life-threatening seizures.
“To go into the classroom every day and have to grab your child, walk down the block, give them a dose and return them, it’s so disruptive,” said his mother Karina. The full CaliforniaHealthcare.org article can be read here.
State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) wrote the California bill known as Jojo’s act, SB 1127. It has already cleared the state Senate, and is pending approval in the assembly.
The bill would enact Jojo’s Act, authorizing “the governing board of a school district, a county board of education, or the governing body of a charter school maintaining kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to adopt, at a regularly scheduled meeting of the governing board or body, a policy, as provided, that allows a parent or guardian of a pupil to possess and administer to the pupil who is a qualified patient entitled to the protections of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 medicinal cannabis, excluding in a smokeable or vapeable form, at a schoolsite. The bill would authorize the policy to be rescinded for any reason, as provided.”
SB 1127 can be read in full by clicking here.