OLYMPIA - Medical marijuana registered students in Washington State public schools will be able to consume marijuana under a new law.
The legislation was signed by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday afternoon.
House Bill 1095 would require a school districts around the state to authorize a student who meets certain requirements to consume marijuana for medical purposes on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or while attending a school-sponsored event.
"Currently children who need medical marijuana have to leave school. They're missing valuable time," Gov Inslee said before signing HB 1095.
The legislation also requires the board of directors of a school district, upon request of a parent or guardian who meets certain requirements, to adopt a policy that allows parents or guardians to administer marijuana concentrates to a student for medical purposes while the student is on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event.
In the case of a qualifying student who is under 18 years old, the minor's parent or guardian must participate in the minor's treatment and agree to the minor's use of marijuana, the legislation states.
Civil, criminal, and professional protections are established for school district officials, employees, volunteers, students, parents, and guardians who act in accordance with the school district's policy.
Supporters of the bill say some children respond to cannabidiol therapy and under this bill the parent or guardian could make arrangements with the school to administer food with cannabidiol and then let the student return to class.
"This bill is about keeping these kids in school for the entire school day. These kids deserve to learn like other children. This is not about smokeable marijuana. This bill has the language that the Superintendent of Public Instruction wanted so that funding would not be at risk," supporters said.