California Governor Allows Medical Cannabis on K-12 Campuses
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that will allow parents in California school districts to allow medical cannabis in their children’s schools, thus reversing the current ban on cannabis within 1,000 feet of K-12 campuses. Now, it is up to schools to decide if they will allow it or not.
The law will come into effect on January 1.
Last year, Newsom’s predecessor and fellow Democrat Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill saying that he was concerned about exposing cannabis to youth and unsure of its effect on various health conditions.
Also called Jojo’s Act, the bill is named in honor of a San Francisco teenager who suffers from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy, and who has to use medical cannabis to treat his condition.
The bill’s author, Senator Jerry Hill said that Jojo’s Act will enable students with serious health conditions to take their dose of medical cannabis at school without interrupting their studies, or the studies of the other children.
Not everyone was excited about the signing of the legislation. Most Republicans opposed the bill as did the California Police Chiefs Association saying that they are concerned about exposure and access of minors to various types of cannabis products.
In order to take medical cannabis on school campuses, children must have a valid doctor’s recommendation and parents would be required to bring the product to school instead of keeping it there. The cannabis will also have to come in the form of a capsule or tincture.
With this bill, California becomes the 9th state in the USA to allow medical cannabis to be used on K-12 campuses.