Colorado schools would be forced to allow students to use medical pot under a bill that cleared its first hurdle Monday at the state Legislature.
The bill updates a new law that gives school districts the power to permit medical marijuana treatments for students under certain conditions. Patient advocates call the law useless because none of Colorado’s 178 school districts currently allows such use.
“This is not about two kids smoking a joint between cars in a parking lot,” said Jennie Stormes, mother of a teenage boy suspended from school last year for having yogurt mixed with cannabis pills to treat a disease that gives him seizures.
Colorado would be the second state after New Jersey to require schools to accommodate medical pot as long as it is in non-smokeable form and is administered by a nurse or caregiver.