Medical marijuana could soon be allowed in public schools

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Medical marijuana could soon be allowed in public schools all across the state.

The California Assembly approved a bill on Monday that would allow parents to administer medical marijuana to their student on campus.

“Initially, I was a little skeptical,” said Robert Hernandez of Clovis.

The bill would allow the use of marijuana in non-smoking form in K through 12th grade schools.

But ultimately, decision-making power would be given to local school boards.

Fresno Unified says it will look at every aspect before giving the green light.

“How to bring that medication into the school safely and we also want to make sure we have appropriate orders from providers,” said Jane Banks, Director of Health Services for Fresno Unified School District.

As it stands now, state law prevents marijuana within 1,000 feet of school campuses. This means children who use marijuana to treat medical conditions like seizures have to go off campus to get their medication.

Proponents of the bill think this should change.

“If there are limited conditions, if they’re highly monitored in the schools then I think it’s really appropriate,” Hernandez said.

Opponents of the bill worry about allowing the drug on campus.

If it passes the Senate in a final vote, it will go to Governor Gavin Newsom. His predecessor, Jerry Brown, vetoed a similar proposal last year.

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