Are Kids really allowed to use weed in Colorado schools?


I have to admit that when I first saw the report in Vice I thought ?Are you crazy? Giving weed to kids? This is exactly the kind of thing we?re trying to avoid!? After a closer reading, it turns out that it makes good sense. quote.

Quote:The federal government and human Keebler elf Jeff Sessions may still consider weed a Schedule I drug that’s “only slightly less awful” than heroin, but there’s a huge amount of research to prove otherwise. Medical marijuana has been effective in the treatment of everything from Alzheimer’s to chronic pain to seizures, and it’s even showing promise for people living with HIV.

Colorado has been pushing to destigmatize weed since it legalized recreational marijuana back in 2012, and now, the state has taken another massive step toward embracing cannabis’s medical benefits?by allowing children to take medical marijuana at school.End of quote.

Holy spliff batman! Does that mean kids can smoke weed in school in Colorado? Not so fast, Robin.

Quote:[?]But that doesn’t mean that kindergarteners are going to start ripping bowls in the nurse’s office, though. The law only applies to cannabis oil and other “non-smokeable” marijuana like CBD oil, and requires that students have a medical marijuana card and written permission from their parents and school principal.

Basically, the law just gives nurses the ability to treat medical weed like they would any other prescription medication. It also specifies that students cannot carry their medical marijuana on the school bus or around with them on school grounds, and nurses have to store the medication in a locked container, presumably to keep it from winding up in the wrong kid’s hands.End of quote.

So reasonable and sensible.

Quote:[?]The lawn is nicknamed the “Quintin Amendment” after third grader Quintin Lovato who helped spearhead the movement to legalize marijuana treatment in schools. According to Vail Daily, Lovato suffers from epilepsy and Tourette’s syndrome but has found that three daily doses of CBD oil minimize both his seizures and his vocal tics. The nine-year-old’s parents give him the medication in the morning and evening, but because they work, they struggled to make it to his school and give Lovato oil during the day. But now that the new bill has passed, he won’t have to skip his midday dose again.End of quote.

You can bet though that opponents of cannabis law reform will pounce on stories like this and say that, in Colorado, kids can do weed in schools. This is called lying by omission. They?ve already done it by making claims intended to make you think cannabis use amongst youth in Colorado has gone up (it has actually gone down).

On the other side you will hear stories about how cannabis can cure cancer etc. All rubbish of course and completely counterproductive.

There?s only two things you need to know. First, cannabis is less potent and much safer than alcohol, up to hundred times safer according to official studies. Second it costs much more to enforce cannabis prohibition than the harm it would cause if it were legal.

Those two things should be more than enough for any reasonable person to say ?I don?t like cannabis. I don?t want it in my face or advertised on big billboards. I don?t want to see stoners smoking it in public. But what we?re doing isn?t working. We need to try something different.?

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