Medical Marijuana In California Schools May Become Legal

Tim Ryan
August 28, 2018 - 10:13 am

(KCBS Radio) — A bill has reached Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow parents to administer medical marijuana to students in California schools.

If Brown signs the bill, which passed the legislature on Monday, it would mean parents and guardians no longer have to take children in kindergarten through 12th grade away from campus to receive doses of medical pot. Individual schools would be able to forbid THC on campus, but it would no longer be banned under state law. 

State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) sponsored the legislation after learning about a teenager from South San Francisco who suffered up to 50 seizures a day from epilepsy until he began taking controlled doses of cannabis. The bill is called Jojo’s Act in honor of the teen.

“That would prevent him from going to school at all, because he couldn’t act. He couldn’t function properly,” Hill said.

Marijuana derivatives in pills and creams would be permitted, but smoking or vaping cannabis would be banned.

Amy Brooks-Kayal, a University of Colorado-Denver pediatrician, said negative effects on students’ performance could arise from using weed extracts as medicine.

“We do know that from basic science studies that marijuana derivatives can completely stop the cellular mechanism of learning and memory,” said Brooks-Kayal.

Seven other states already students with special needs and disabilities to take medical marijuana on school grounds, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.