The Colorado Senate has passed legislation to make it easier for children with complex medical conditions to get medicines containing cannabis at school.
On Wednesday vote 33-1 sent Bill to home. One of the protagonists of the legislation is Senate Republican Minority Leader Chris Holbert, who cited emotional testimony from Benjamin Wan, a Douglas County student taking a cannabis drug to treat his epilepsy.
Under current law, school districts must allow parents and caregivers to possess and administer cannabis-based drugs on school grounds. School principals have discretion as to whether to allow school personnel to possess and administer medication on school grounds. The new bill will cancel this estimate.
The bill would allow employees to follow a prescription plan by the child’s doctor. It will protect individuals who follow the plan from criminal or civil liability.
Parents testified before the Senate Education Committee about the difficulties their children face in trying to take their medicinal dose of cannabis while they are at school. Some said they had to quit work to get medicines to their children. Others have chosen to have their children learn from a distance because it is easier to administer medication at home.