06.07.2016
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Colorado Schools Must Allow Marijuana—It’s the Law

A lot of motivated Moms are behind this advancement.

This country is full of high school scholars who would like nothing better than a government secured right to smoke weed out behind the handball courts every lunch break, but that story will have to wait.

On Monday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper boosted the hopes of a normalized quality of life for kids in his state afflicted with ailments ranging from Dravet syndrome to cerebral palsy by signing HB 16-1373 into law. HB 16-1373 stipulates that Colorado’s school districts must accommodate pupils who are licensed medical marijuana patients and allow administration of non-smokeable marijuana medications on campus.

From KTTV 11 Denver:

Jaxon Stormes was suspended from his District 49 school last year after he accidentally brought cannabis pills in his lunch. Jax has Dravet syndrome and uses the cannabis for his severe seizures. At the time, the school's policy said Jax brought a controlled substance to school.
"He has an IQ of 31. Why are you suspending a kid who didn't make the lunch and didn't send it to school?" said Jennie Stormes, Jax's mother.
Both Jack and Jax's mothers, along with other families, started fighting for their kids to get access to what many of them describe as the only medicine that works.

The new law is designed to protect Jax and other students with debilitating diseases from being denied treatment that appears to ameliorate symptoms and allow the children to remain in class, conscious and non-sedated.

School districts that show they have lost federal funding due to allowing medical marijuana use among students may elect to opt out of the policy. However, HB 16-1373 also directs the state to reimburse school districts for any lost federal funding; so good luck explaining to a mother of a child whose seizures are down 90 percent why she can’t come to class and administer the medicine that keeps those seizures away.

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