Debate over pot-in-schools for palsy, epilepsy victims returns to Colorado legislature

first_img Fifteen-year-old son, Jack Linn wears a medical marijuana patch on his arm Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Lakewood, Colo. Jack, who has cerebral palsy, is not allowed to wear a skin patch delivering a cannabis-derived treatment to school. A new Colorado law allowing medical marijuana use at public schools will be looked at by state lawmakers Monday because no school districts are allowing it even though the law says they can. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Stacey Linn jokes with her 15-year-old son, Jack, Sunday, April 10, 2016, outside their home in Lakewood, Colo. Jack, who has cerebral palsy, is not allowed to wear a skin patch delivering a cannabis-derived treatment to school. A new Colorado law allowing medical marijuana use at public schools will be looked at by state lawmakers Monday because no school districts are allowing it even though the law says they can. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Stacey Linn jokes with her 15-year-old son, Jack, Sunday, April 10, 2016, outside their home in Lakewood, Colo. Jack, who has cerebral palsy, is not allowed to wear a skin patch delivering a cannabis-derived treatment to school. A new Colorado law allowing medical marijuana use at public schools will be looked at by state lawmakers Monday, because no school districts are allowing it even though the law says they can. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER |  A new Colorado law allowing medical marijuana use at public schools is getting a second look Monday in a House committee.The current law allows students who need medical marijuana to use edible pot at public schools — as long as the school districts agree. No school districts currently does, so patient advocates are pushing the bill to make Colorado the second state to require schools to allow nurses or parents to administer medical pot. New Jersey made the change last year.“They need to make reasonable accommodations so that children who need medical marijuana can go to school,” said Stacey Linn, a Lakewood mother of a 15-year-old with cerebral palsy who is not allowed to wear a skin patch delivering a cannabis-derived treatment to school.Medical marijuana has been legal in some states for two decades. But school districts and lawmakers nationwide are only now starting to grapple with thorny issues about student use of a drug still illegal under federal law. Colorado is one of three states where medical marijuana is legal that has any rules for use in schools, according to the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.The possibility of medical marijuana in schools raises a number of questions for school officials. The law currently says that the drug must be in non-smokeable form and is to be administered by a school nurse or a caregiver, likely a parent. But those school nurses are also required to report to authorities any child who is exposed to an illegal drug, including marijuana-derived treatments.That happened to the Wann family of Highlands Ranch, which got a call from Child Protective Services last year because their epileptic 8th grader uses a cannabis-derived treatment. Amber Wann said her son doesn’t take the oil at school, but the district reported the family as possible child abusers, despite last year’s law clarifying that schools may allow marijuana treatment.“They were more concerned about losing federal funds and law enforcement coming after their nurses than about the new law saying they can allow a hemp-derived medicine,” Wann said.School officials say they’re being unfairly asked to accommodate an activity that still runs afoul of federal law. This year’s update, for example, gives schools no guidance for the possibility of a student grabbing a cannabis treatment away from a parent and rightful patient on a school bus and taking it themselves.“School boards do not lack compassion for students that benefit from medical marijuana,” said Jane Urschel of the Colorado Association of School Boards, which opposes the marijuana requirement. “How do you begin to deal with those difficulties in different venues?”The parents counter that medical marijuana shouldn’t be treated any differently than Ritalin or other controlled substances that are routinely dispensed by school districts.Supporters also say that schools are being too conservative about the prospect of endangering federal funding. New Jersey last year required schools to accommodate student medical marijuana use, with no repercussions from federal authorities.The law’s backers say they’re not sure whether the school pot requirement will pass. The state Department of Education is neutral on the measure. Colorado has about 350 kids under 18 on the medical marijuana registry, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.Sponsors say they hope that growing acceptance of marijuana to treat childhood illnesses gives the school pot requirement a boost.“Kids shouldn’t have to choose between their medicine and going to school,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont and sponsor of the bill.___Kristen Wyatt can be reach at https://www.twitter.com/APkristenwyatt___Online:House Bill 1373: https://bit.ly/23iosjalast_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. TODAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will discuss preventive medicines for cervical, colon and breast cancers, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call Ronda Bestle at (661) 222-2405. Craft day, 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Football clinic for kids ages 9-15, 6-8 p.m. at Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Contact Rick Walroth at [email protected] WEDNESDAY Grand opening of the Bouquet Canyon Bridge, 10-11 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Road near Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Gail Ortiz at (661) 255-4314. Free health lecture will discuss detecting and managing osteoporosis, noon-1 p.m. at the SCV Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (818) 847-4550. Football clinic for kids ages 9-15, 6-8 p.m. at Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Contact Rick Walroth at [email protected] Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Independence Day story time and craft, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Volunteer orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 250-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to repair trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 250-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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