01.12.2017
policy

Washington State Lawmakers to Vote on Parents Giving Kids Pot at School

Good for kids, and good for adults.

On January 9, a law was proposed in the Washington State House of Representatives, House Bill 1060, that would allow kids who use weed for medical purposes to be administered their doses at school. Currently, kids in need are sent off campus to receive meds. The new bill proposes that parents will be able to give their kids cannabis medication, on campus. The laws authors, 19th District Reps. Jim Walsh and Brian Blake, hope to have the new policy enacted by September 1 of this year. 

The law specifies that “a school district must permit a student who meets the 9 requirements of RCW 69.51A.220 to consume marijuana for medical purposes on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or while attending a school-sponsored event in accordance with the school district's policy adopted pursuant to this section.” The new bill stipulates that a parent or guardian administer the weed. 

“This isn’t about smokeable marijuana or anything like that. This isn’t about drugs. This is about a child’s medical care.”

If you’re anti-weed and freaking out because you’re picturing a bunch kids smoking spliffs around other kids, don’t fret. The law will not allow "smoking" cannabis at all—just the use of the (miraculous) cannabis oils, etc., that have been proven to help kids with many ailments, specifically some types of epilepsy. 

House Bill 1060 coauthor Brian Blake said he saw the real need to pass this law when a colleague approached him about his daughter who was suffering (in school) from seizures and really needed her cannabis meds to survive. 

“This isn’t about smokeable marijuana or anything like that,” Blake says to Chronline. "“This isn’t about drugs. This is about a child’s medical care, and it appears to me it works. I think we should all support it.”

So far, the bill doesn’t address the precise concerns of how to keep the cannabis away from mooching kids and thieving adults.

Blake explains that many school districts aren’t necessarily worried about the effects of cannabis on a student patient. They are worried about medication theft and all the legal ramifications that go along with that. If there’s weed in schools, liabilities can be high. So far, the bill doesn’t address the precise concerns of how to keep the cannabis away from mooching kids and thieving adults, but the wording strikes a compromise by offering immunity (i.e.: no arrests) for any school staff in case of a mishap with on-campus weed. 

From House Bill 1060:

School district officials, employees, volunteers, students, parents, guardians, and primary caregivers acting in accordance with the school district policy adopted under subsection (2) of this section may not be arrested, prosecuted, or subject to other criminal sanctions, or civil or professional consequences for possession, manufacture, or delivery of, or for possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana under state law, or have real or personal property seized or forfeited for possession, manufacture, or delivery of, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana under state law.

With that legal security, maybe schools and the government will get on board with keeping kids healthy via cannabis. Or, we can dream big, and hope one day there will be weed gummies in high school vending machines. 

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