State Assembly Passes Senator Jerry Hill’s Bill Enabling Students Who Rely on Medical Cannabis to Receive Their Dose from Parents on Campus | Legislation Now Heads to Governor for Review

August 27, 2018

For Immediate Release – Office of State Senator Jerry Hill – August 27, 2018

State Assembly Passes Senator Jerry Hill’s Bill Enabling Students Who Rely on Medical Cannabis to Receive Their Dose from Parents on Campus

Legislation Now Heads to Governor for Review

Assembly Also Passes Hill Bills Preventing Utilities from Pushing Costs Resulting from Their Negligence onto Ratepayers and Extending a Pilot Program for Young Adult Offenders

SACRAMENTO – The state Assembly passed Senator Jerry Hill’s SB 1127 today, sending the bill to Governor Brown for his review and making California a candidate to join seven other states that allow students who rely on medical cannabis to receive their doses at school under strict conditions.

Senate Bill 1127 lifts barriers for students who need medical cannabis to attend school,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “This legislation gives these students a better chance to engage in the educational process with other young people in school districts that decide to allow parents to come administer the dose their child requires. I am grateful for the bipartisan support of my colleagues on SB 1127 and welcome any questions Governor Brown may have as he considers this important legislation.”

If the governor signs the legislation known as Jojo’s Act, California would become the eighth state to allow medical cannabis to be administered at schools. The others are Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey and Washington.

SB 1127 allows K-12 school districts and county boards of education to choose whether to allow a student’s parent or guardian to administer medical cannabis in a nonsmokable and nonvapable form to the child on campus. The student must be a qualified medical cannabis patient with a doctor’s recommendation. The medical cannabis would not be stored on campus and must be brought to school by the parent or guardian then taken away after the student receives the necessary dose.

The legislation does not create a mandate. School districts and counties opting into the arrangement may opt out for any reason, including concerns about losing federal funding as a result of the policy. None of the seven states that allow students to use medical cannabis at school have lost federal funding. SB 1127 is named for a South San Francisco High School student living with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome who takes medical cannabis to forestall debilitating seizures that prevent him from attending school and leave him barely able to function.

Senators Jeff Stone, R-Riverside, and Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Assemblymembers Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, and Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, coauthored Jojo’s Act.

Protecting Ratepayers from Utility Negligence

The Assembly also passed Senator Hill’s SB 819 today. The bill now returns to the Senate for concurrence on amendments. Proposed in the aftermath of the October 2017 wildfires in Northern California, SB 819 prohibits electrical and gas companies from passing costs arising from damages caused by the utilities’ negligence to ratepayers.

The bill protects ratepayers while providing incentives for utilities to act responsibly and fulfill the expectation that they operate and maintain safe and reliable systems. Senators Bill Dodd, D-Napa, Mike McGuire, D-North Coast/North Bay, and Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, joined Senator Hill in introducing the bill. Senator Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Assemblymembers Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, and Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa, are coauthors.

Age-Appropriate Facilities for Nonviolent Young Adult Offenders

In addition, the Assembly passed SB 1106 today to extend a pilot program that allows low-level, nonviolent young adult felons, who are 18 or older but under 21 and do not have a history of crime, to serve their time at juvenile halls, rather than at county jails with adults. The Assembly’s vote sends SB 1106 to the governor for his review.

The year’s bill builds on Senator Hill’s SB 1004 of 2016, which authorized the deferred judgment pilot program in an attempt to improve outcomes for young adult offenders by giving them access to services and environments that are age-appropriate. The bill extends the sunset date for the pilot program from January 1, 2020, to January 1, 2022. The bill also enables a sixth county, Ventura, to join Alameda, Butte, Napa, Nevada and Santa Clara counties as pilot program participants.

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Media Contact: Leslie Guevarra, 415-298-3404, leslie.guevarra@sen.ca.gov