School staff will now be able to administer medical marijuana to students on campus. The decision, from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, comes after a campaign by parents with children who depend on these medications.
The bill that allows school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students on campus was originally introduced back in April. Now, Governor Hickenlooper has signed the bill into law. The bill is named after epilepsy sufferer and young student Quintin Lovato and his parents who have fought to bring this legislation to life.
Quintin's mother Hannah says the previous regulations that required parents to administer medical marijuana to students in school meant her son wasn't getting the medication when he needed it. She says the family couldn't afford for the parents to be home in the afternoon.
"We can’t afford to stay home and because of that we can’t give him his third dose in the middle of the day," Hanna told KDVR.
The decision comes on the heels of other states, such as Illinois, which have implemented similar legislation. Now, parents in Colorado won't have to choose between their children's health and their financial security.