Colorado became the second state to allow children to use medical marijuana at school, when the governor approved a bill Monday that compels school districts to respect their rights.
"A school district or charter school may not discipline a student who holds a valid recommendation for medical marijuana solely because the student requires medical marijuana in a non-smokable form as a reasonable accommodation necessary for the child to attend school," says the bill, which is called "Jack's Law."
The law is named after Jack Splitt, who uses marijuana to treat his cerebral policy. Last year, his mother, Stacy Linn, pushed for an amendment to the Medical Marijuana Caregivers bill that gave school districts the authority to allow for the medicinal marijuana on school campuses. But none of them made the necessary changes to their drug policies. The new bill forces them to do so.
Colorado has already legalized recreational and medical marijuana, so it's to be expected that it would continue to make progressive changes to its rules and regulations around the use of cannabis.
Colorado follows New Jersey's lead
The first state to protect the rights of children this way was New Jersey - home to a fiercely prohibitionist governor, Chris Christie.
But last November, Christie signed a law that gives parents and caregivers the right to administer medical marijuana to a a child on a school bus or school property.
The push for this bill began after 16-year-old Genny Barbour, who has autism and severe epilepsy, was told she couldn't consume her mother's homemade cannabis oil on school grounds.
"The ultimate goal was to keep Genny in school the whole day," said Genny's father, Roger. "Now it is clear Lora can come on campus to give her the medicine, and they have to come up with a policy [to allow that]."