California lawmakers approve medical marijuana on school campuses
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California lawmakers approve medical marijuana on school campuses

The California Legislature [official Website] on Monday approved a bill BSB-1127] that would allow California students to use medical marijuana on school campuses.

California state law has allowed minors access to medical marijuana since the 1990s but so far has prevented school campuses from permitting usage. Parents would have to take their children off school grounds in order to provide them with medical marijuana. SB-1127 will require that the minors have the appropriate prescriptions and the marijuana be in non-smoking or vaping form. The bill does not force schools to permit marijuana use on campus grounds but allows them the choice to opt-in.

In addition, there are four other specific stipulations in SB-1127 maintains for use on school grounds,

(1) The parent or guardian shall not administer the medicinal cannabis in a manner that creates a disruption to the educational environment or causes exposure to other pupils.
(2) After the parent or guardian administers the medicinal cannabis, the parent or guardian shall remove any remaining medicinal cannabis from the schoolsite.
(3) The parent or guardian shall sign in at the schoolsite before administering the medicinal cannabis.
(4) Before administering the medicinal cannabis, the parent or guardian shall provide to an employee of the school a valid written medical recommendation for medicinal cannabis for the pupil to be kept on file at the school.

The California Legislature faces a deadline this Friday to get bills to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for the 2017-2018 legislative session. SB-1127 is one of 12 bills sent to the governor’s desk to be signed.