Colorado wants to make it mandatory for schools to store cannabis medicines

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A law would force schools to have medical cannabis alongside the bandages and antiseptic

Faced with a precedent where Marley Porter was not allowed by different teachers to take her cannabis-derived medicine, a legislative proposal in Colorado seeks to change that and make life easier for all those children undergoing any cannabis-based treatment. Senate Bill 21-56 was unanimously approved on February 24 by the seven lawmakers on the Education Committee and would require that all public schools keep cannabis medicines on hand.

When Sarah and Mark Porter, Marley’s parents, found out about the incident, they made the difficult decision to pull their daughter out of a public school located in Douglas County in October 2019. In an interview, Mark Porter said, “The last time she got out of the hospital, she never went back to school.” It has been 18 months since that incident, and Marley has been able to manage his Crohn’s disease better than ever now that she has been able to take her medications while studying from home. At least that’s what his parents testified on a hearing of the Senate Education Committee that took place on February 24.

Her father said, “School is so much more than just learning and just education. No friends, no after-school activities. Nothing.” A bill recently introduced in Colorado is currently under consideration by the state legislature and would require schools to store and administer medical cannabis to all those students that were properly prescribed by a doctor. “As a person that comes from a community fairly consistent in being opposed to marijuana legalization in Colorado, I’m willing to put my hand up and say I was wrong about cannabis-based medicine,” Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert said.