Colorado Governor Signs Bill Requiring Schools to Allow Medical Cannabis Use

Cannabis tincture.
Tinctures are a common medical cannabis ingestion method for those under 18.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law legislation that requires schools to establish policies allowing students who are medical cannabis patients to use their medicine while at school. The governor’s signature comes roughly a month after the measure was passed in the House of Representatives with a 56 to 9 vote; it was passed in the Senate unanimously, 35 to 0.

The new law is an expansion of a law Colorado lawmakers passed last year, which allows school districts to create policies allowing the use of medical cannabis on school premises. However, the law didn’t require districts to allow its use or create a standardized policy for medical cannabis; this has led to just one school district in Colorado (Falcon School District 49 in El Paso County) beginning the process of enacting a medical cannabis policy.

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Colorado Committee Passes Measure to Allow Medical Cannabis Use in Schools

coloColorado’s House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee has voted 10 to 3 to pass a bill that would allow students who are medical cannabis patients to use their medicine while at school.

Last year lawmakers in Colorado passed a bill that allowed school districts to create policies surrounding the use of medical cannabis on school premises. However, the law didn’t require districts to allow its use, as this new measure does (currently just one school district in Colorado – Falcon School District 49 in El Paso County – has begun the process of enacting a medical cannabis policy).

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Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Supports Decriminalizing Cannabis, Legalizing Cannabis for Medical Use

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2016 presidential candidate.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2016 presidential candidate.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a 2016 candidate for President of the United States, says that he supports decriminalizing cannabis, and supports legalizing it for medical use.

“Let me just say this,” Sanders said during a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) interview. “The state of Vermont voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and I support that. I have supported the use of medical marijuana. And when I was mayor of Burlington, in a city with a large population, I can tell you very few people were arrested for smoking marijuana. Our police had more important things to do.”

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Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis in Schools Passes Colorado Legislature, Governor Plans to Sign

coloradoLegislation 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”.

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Colorado House Passes Bill to Allow Those on Probation or Parole to Use Medical Cannabis

A Colorado proposal (House Bill 1267) to allow those on probation or parole to use medical cannabis has been 420given initial approval by the state’s House of Representatives.

“If it’s in the constitution, you should have the right to use it on probation,” says Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton), the bill’s primary sponsor.

The vote occurs just days after Arizona’s Supreme Court ruled that medical cannabis patients are allowed to use the medicine while on probation or parole.

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