Legislation to allow students to use a cannabis medicine at school has cleared Colorado’s House with overwhelming support, and has passed the Senate with unanimous support. The bill now goes to Governor John Hickenlooper; a spokeswoman for the campaign says he plans to soon sign the bill into law.
“We allow children to take all sorts of psychotropic medications, whether it’s Ritalin or opiate painkillers, under supervised circumstances. We should do the same here,” says Representative Jonathan Singer, the bill’s primary sponsor. “Jack’s Amendment will assure that children don’t have to choose between going to school and taking their medicine”.
The amendment was inspired by 14-year-old Colorado boy Jack Splitt, whose personal school nurse was punished for putting a medical cannabis patch on the boy’s arm that was prescribed by doctors to help with his his spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and dystonia. Jack and the nurse were ordered to never to return with the patch again.
Jack’s Amendment would allow parents or caregivers of a student with a physician’s note to come into schools and administer medical cannabis to them in the form of a patch. The strict proposal wouldn’t allow the administration of cannabis in any other form.