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NY Health Department Considering Allowing MMJ in Schools

A proposal that would allow schools to “possess, secure and administer medical marijuana products under limited circumstances” is being considered in New York, according to a Fox 32 report. The proposal was one of a dozen recommendations for the program from the state Health Department’s two-year report.

Democratic Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who championed the original legislation, said the recommendations “all go in the right direction,” but that the Health Department Commissioner should be announcing that he is making changes to the statute, instead of releasing reports with proposed fixes.

“After two years, DOH should be taking action, not proposing a study,” Gottfried said in a press release. “Health facilities and schools already accommodate patients and students who have prescriptions for much more potent and dangerous drugs.”

During an appearance on “Fox and Friends Weekend,” Republican State Sen. Martin Golden argued that allowing medical marijuana in schools raises more problems than solutions.

“Could you imagine other kids in the city knowing one child possesses medical marijuana pills? We jeopardize that kid,” Golden said. “What are we going to do with the medical marijuana? Where are we going to store it? How are we going to store it?”

While the plan is still in the very early stages, the Health Department has not announced any strategies to implement any additional changes to the limited medical marijuana program.

“These recommendations continue to treat medical marijuana as if it is a dangerous substance, which is not true,” Gottfried said in the release. “The excessive restrictions in the medical marijuana law and regulations are not justified by the nature of medical marijuana, the experiences of other states, or federal requirements.”

Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, and Washington all permit medical marijuana products to be stored and administered in schools.      

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