Although state law has allowed minors to have access to medical marijuana since the 1990s, it has not been permitted on school campuses, obliging parents to remove their children from school or to meet them off campus to give them their medication.
The bill, called Jojo’s Act, is named after a South San Francisco High School student with a form of severe epilepsy who was having up to 50 seizures a day.
JoJo’s mother, Karina Garcia had to take him off campus to give him a dose of cannabis oil, which prevent his debilitating and life-threatening seizures.
Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill, who carried the bill, according to CBS Sacramento, said his legislation would aid children and teenagers with severe medical disabilities.
Hill added that students who take a dose of medical cannabis at regular intervals are forced to miss additional school time by having to leave campus with their parents.
“This is very disruptive to their learning,” said Senator Hill.
Passed by the state Assembly and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, the bill states that the medical cannabis being allowed in the schools must be in non-smoking or vaping form, such as capsules or oils, and only to students who have an MMJ recommendation. The bill also lets school districts opt-in to the policy, but does not mandate them to allow it.
In Santa Rosa, California, a court allowed a 5-year-old girl to take cannabis oil with her to kindergarten to treat her rare form of epilepsy, The Press Democrat reported, after her parents argued that the school district was violating protections for disabled students