Denver, CO – State legislators may soon pass a bill allowing physician-approved medical marijuana to be administered to both primary and secondary students during school hours, in the state of Colorado.
The bill, named “Jack’s Amendment” has effectively been rushed through the House in hopes that it will be reviewed by the Governor on Monday. The amendment was named after Jack Splitt, a teenager with cerebral palsy, whose caretaker was prohibited from administering a marijuana patch to the youngster while on the school’s premises.
The patch had been prescribed by a physician, and was considered critical with respect to the treatment of his disorder that caused him to suffer from frequent and severe seizures. Ultimately the bill will allow parents and caregivers to administer the patch which helps treat a range of illnesses including epilepsy, as well as cerebral palsy.
With reports suggesting that over 500 Colorado students suffer from seizures, the impetus to develop a law to address the issue arose as a result of Splitt’s incident. However opponents of legislation believe that the passing of it will simply exacerbate the drug problem that plagues many schools throughout the state. Supporters, in turn, argue that medical marijuana is no different than other physician-prescribed medications that are currently administered in them.
Governor John Hickenlooper (D) has 30 days to sign the amendment.
Source:Vanessa Garcia Rodriguez on the Christian Examiner: Colorado schools to be first nationwide allowing student use of medical marijuana