“I’m pleased to sign this bill, which finally will treat cannabis the same way as other prescribed medicines,” — Gov. Jared Polis.
By Jelena Martinovic
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill on Wednesday that would expand access to medical cannabis for school children in need by removing obstacles to its administration.
The new legislation, SB 21-056, removes the discretion from school principals to set policies that regulate storing and administering cannabis-based medicines.
The bill places the responsibility on principals to “create a written treatment plan for the administration of cannabis-based medicine and on school boards to adopt policies regarding actual administration.”
School boards will be called upon to create guidelines on how cannabis medicines should be stored.
Governing bodies are also required to set rules that will allow personnel to voluntarily possess and administer medicinal cannabis to qualifying students.
Gov. Polis said the measure was long overdue and called it “the culmination of communities coming together to make it happen—make change.”
The governor thanked those who worked on the bill, which he praised for lifting the discrimination against those who administer medical cannabis and those students who need it.
“I’m pleased to sign this bill, which finally will treat cannabis the same way as other prescribed medicines,” Polis said.