A new bill would require that public schools in Washington develop action plans if a parent asks that their child is given marijuana to treat illnesses during the school day. Introduced by State Representative Brian Blake of Aberdeen, House Bill 1095 passed on a 77-19 vote and now moves forward to the Senate.
Representative Blake sponsored the bill after learning that a constituent's daughter must ingest cannabidiol or CBD oil throughout the day to prevent seizures, often leading the student to miss classes because medical marijuana cannot be administered at the school or by school staff.
The bill is limited to smokeless forms of the drug and would require the child to be enrolled in the state's database of approved users of medicinal marijuana, which requires physician approval. Bill supporters say the legislation is necessary to keep students who receive CBD treatments in class and on campus to avoid interruptions to their school day. The bill would allow parents to meet their children at school, on a bus, or at any other school-sponsored event and administer the drug in private.
Drug crime defense attorney Steve Karimi explains the medical marijuana laws in Washington.
Who is Eligible for Medical Marijuana in Washington?
The medical use of marijuana by both adults and children is not a crime in Washington. Medical marijuana patients under the care of a medical professional must hold a valid recognition card and be entered into the state's medical marijuana authorization database in order to not be arrested, prosecuted, or subject to other criminal sanctions or civil consequences for the possession of marijuana under state law. If a medical marijuana patient is under the age of 18, the patient's parent or guardian must agree to the medical use of marijuana by the minor and maintain sole control over the minor's marijuana. Both the minor and the minor's parent or guardian must be entered in the medical marijuana authorization database and hold a recognition card.
How Much Medical Marijuana Is Legal?
Health care professionals may include recommendations on the amount of marijuana that is needed by a patient for his or her medical needs. Patients may purchase forty-eight ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, three ounces of useable marijuana, two hundred sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form, or twenty-one grams of marijuana concentrates. Additional amounts may be purchased if recommended by a health care professional for the treatment of illness. Patients may also grow up to six plants for personal medical use at home and possess up to eight ounces of useable marijuana produced from his or her plants. These amounts are specified on the patient's recognition card.
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