An impactful modification to a pre-existing law will enable more pediatric medical marijuana patients to get the medicine and education they need.
Yet again, the state of Colorado is ahead of the curve—at least, in terms of increased access to medical marijuana. Thanks to a new bill, school nurses in Colorado can now administer medical cannabis, as long as parents give consent.
School Nurses in Colorado Can Administer Medical Cannabis If Parents Give the OK
Parents were already allowed to give their children medical marijuana in school. However, parents of students with a medical card were required to physically go to the school and administer the medicine themselves. Under House Bill 1286, passed today by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, school nurses will be now able to administer the medicine themselves, so long as parents give the OK.
In a letter announcing the passing of the new bill, Gov. Hickenlooper said a young medical marijuana patient, Quinton, and his mother, inspired him to make a change to the pre-existing in-school medical marijuana laws.
“In evaluating this bill, we spoke with parents whose children are medical marijuana patients. We find their reason for advocacy very compelling, especially that of Ms. Hannah Lovato and her son Quinton who inspired the bill,” he wrote. “Their message was overwhelmingly persuasive, and we sign this bill today with much admiration for Quinton and expect great things in the future from this impressive young man.”
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