News Alert!!: California: New bill allowing school districts to adopt policies allowing students with special needs or severe disabilities to use medical marijuana passes California State Legislature.
A new bill that allows California school districts to adopt policies allowing K-12 students with special needs or severe disabilities to use medical marijuana passes California State Legislature on Monday, August 27th, 2018.
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The bill, SB1127 by Senator Jerry Hill (Democrat from San Mateo, California), 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 SB1127 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, and the marijuana could not be stored at the school.
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The SB1127 bill is named Jojo’s Act, named after a South San Francisco High School teenager 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.
According to Senator Jerry Hill, the bill was inspired in part by the South San Francisco teenager in his district who would have up to 50 seizures a day before he got a medical marijuana prescription.
In Santa Rosa, California, a court has allowed a 5 year old girl to take cannabis oil with her to kindergarten to treat her rare form of epilepsy.
The judge’s order is temporary as he weighs a final ruling.
The school district tried to prohibit the child from bringing her medicine to school, which the family argued was a violation of protections for disabled students.
According to Senator Jerry Hill, the legislation would aid children and teenagers with severe medical disabilities.
The SB1127 failed its first vote in the Assembly 39-24 after 17 lawmakers refused to vote on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018.
After being granted reconsideration, the SB1127 bill passed the Assembly 42-20 on Monday, with 18 lawmakers not voting.
The Senate passed the SB1127 bill 32-7 in May 2018.
State law has allowed minors to access medical marijuana since the 1990’s, but prohibits it on school campuses, which means parents have to remove their children from school or meet them off campus to give them a dose.
The recently passed bill now heads to the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown for signing.
If California Governor Jerry Brown signs the SB1127 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.