Illinois Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana Use in Schools

Recently several states have taken steps to allow students to receive medical marijuana treatments while at school. And now it appears that will officially become the law in Illinois.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill allowing students to receive medical marijuana treatments while at schools. The law requires that the student is legally part of Illinois' medical marijuana program, and the cannabis treatment can only be administered by their parents. The law would allow individual schools to ban these treatments if they believe it would disrupt the "school's educational environment" or would somehow be exposed to other children. 

Other states have considered similar bills recently, including one proposal in Colorado that would actually allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students as long as it's been legally prescribed to them.

While it may seem like Rauner's signing of this bill would indicate he's an ally for marijuana advocates, Rauner's actually resisted almost all attempts to expand Illinois' medical marijuana program since taking office. The Republican has also said he will not allow legalized recreational marijuana while in office.

Rauner is facing off against Democrat J.B. Pritzker this November for the Illinois governor's election. Pritzker says he supports legalizing recreational marijuana if elected.

(h/t U.S. News and World Report)


After making progress on marijuana reform, the legalization movement has stalled in two New England states. Cannabis became legal in Vermont last July, but state lawmakers did not put a regulated market for marijuana in place at that time. So while adults in Vermont can possess, grow and consume cannabis, they can't buy it legally.

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