On Monday, the California state Assembly passed a bill allowing child patients to consume medical cannabis on school grounds, CBS Sacramento reports.
Children who need medical cannabis in California have had access to it for decades; however, parents have been forced to take their children out of school or meet them off campus to provide the medicine. The new bill solves that issue for schools that opt-in. It does not, however, force any school district into allowing medical cannabis.
Medical cannabis products would only be allowed in capsule or liquid form and only for students with a doctor’s prescription.
The bill, sponsored and carried by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Francisco), was inspired by a teenager in South San Francisco who would have over 50 seizures per day without access to his medicine. Other children have also had issues accessing their medical cannabis while in school.
The bill now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. The California state legislature closes for the session on Friday.