Colorado Bill Would Allow School Nurses To Administer Medical Marijuana

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Elected officials in Colorado’s House of Representatives want to make it legal for qualifying students to receive their medical marijuana from a school nurse.

Colorado House Bill 18-1286 was introduced on March 8 and is sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts (D), Sen. Irene Aguilar (D) and Sen. Vicki Marble (R). The first draft of the proposed bipartisan bill provides a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee protection from criminal prosecution – if he or she possesses and administers medical marijuana to a student at school.

Here is what HB 18-1286 proposes:

  • Colorado K-12 students with a medical marijuana registry card could receive their medicine from a primary caregiver or school nurse, or the school nurse’s designee.
  • The primary caregiver, school nurse, or the school nurse’s designee would be allowed to hold and administer medical marijuana for to those students with a valid recommendation.
  • Once administered by the primary caregiver, school nurse, or the school nurse’s designee, any and all remaining medical marijuana shall be removed from school grounds.
  • Students enrolled in preschool, primary, or secondary school would be allowed to receive their non-smokable medical marijuana on school buses and at school-sponsored events.

Colorado first passed legislation in 2016 allowing a parent or primary caregiver to administer medical marijuana to students. Amending and revising specific subsections of “Jack’s Law,” the proposed legislation would increase access for Colorado’s qualifying students.

“Under current law, a primary caregiver may possess and administer medical marijuana in a non-smokable form to a student while the student is at school. The bill allows a school nurse or the school nurses designee, who may or may not be an employee of the school, to also possess and administer medical marijuana to a student,” per the Bill’s summary.

Proposed on Thursday, HB 1286 was assigned for consideration to the committee on health, insurance, and environment.

Read Colorado 2018 HB1286  on Scribd.

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4 Comments

  1. Jim Kingsnorth on

    This is stupid. I support legalization and medical cannabis, I do not support medical cannabis for kids unless it is something like cancer.

    • I’m with you Mr. Kingsnorth. It’s really STUPID because of the VAST slippery slope. Per 3rd Bullet: “Once administered by the primary caregiver, school nurse, or the school nurse’s designee, any and all remaining medical marijuana shall be removed from school grounds.”

      Where’s the ACCOUNTABILITY? Who’s going to check IF the Medical Cannabis was ACTUALLY Removed!?

      If that’s not BAD enough, per the 4th Bullet: “Students enrolled in preschool, primary, or secondary school would be allowed to receive their non-smokable medical marijuana on school buses and at school-sponsored events.”

      This is INSANE! Who’s going to GUARANTEE the child (With the actual NEED, Doesn’t GIVE some OTHER Child His/Her Classmate/Friend, who asks to TRY some)?

      Is this the BUS DRIVER’S RESPONSIBILITY?!!! The Bus Driver is DRIVING the Bus! Will there be ANOTHER ADULT on board to MONITOR?!!!

      Where the Hell do they get these Legislator’s from?! SMH….

      • Frances Carlson on

        I agree with you 100%, but we’re talking Colorado. As a medical marijuana card holder, and very infrequent user, I wonder how these kids would be able to concentrate in school. Even sativa renders me less than capable in most situations. Consequently, I use only at night. I found it an amazing therapy while on chemo and can’t say enough good things about CBD, which is legal in 50 states and void of THC.

  2. My thoughts are the same….unless they’re talking about some kind of CBD medication, since CBD is a non psycoactive drug. If they’re given a medical marijuana even if it’s a non smoking form, that indicates theyre getting the psychoactive form. Which I feel is a very slippery slope!

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