School nurses would be legally authorized to administer medical marijuana to patients under legislation passed through its second reading today in the Colorado Senate.
Under current law, a primary caregiver may possess and administer medical marijuana in a nonsmokeable form to a student while the student is at school. According to the official summary of House Bill 1286, which the Senate passed today through its second of three readings; “The bill allows a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee, who may or may not be an employee of the school, to also possess and administer medical marijuana to a student at school.”
The bill “provides a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee protection from criminal prosecution if he or she possesses and administers medical marijuana to a student at school.”
House Bill 1286 has already been passed through its third and final reading in the House, meaning its now just one Senate vote short of being sent to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration. Once sent to his desk, Governor Hickenlooper will have the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it.
The full text of the bill can be found by clicking here.