GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)– Making medical marijuana available for kids at school could be a new policy in District 51.
At their Tuesday night meeting, the school board had the first reading of “Administration of Medical Marijuana to Qualified Students,” a proposed policy.
The policy would allow parents and legal guardians to administer medical marijuana to their children on campus. It does not allow school administrators or nurses to do the same.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Patti Severance, a Grand Junction resident. “I think we should explore all the alternatives that are out there.”
“I’m thinking some of the drawbacks may involve other kids that would say, ‘hey that’s not fair,’” said Kimo Witte, former high school student in Grand Junction. “Then you’ve got this uptick of people instantaneously going ‘oh I have a problem too.’”
Some people are on the fence about the whole thing.
“I don’t think there is a good. I don’t think there is a bad. I think it’s all situational,” said Trysta Delimont, a resident.
The policy D51 is looking at would only allow a caregiver to administer the drug. That means someone over the age of 18, and another student would not be considered a caregiver.
“As a parent, you get that ultimate decision-making power,” said Delimont.
The marijuana, in the proposed policy, could also only be administered in a non-smokable form. When it comes to where the product can be given, the District outlines anywhere that is identified in writing by the District, including a school bus, a school-sponsored event and on school campus.
“I think it’s something that you need to research very seriously about,” said Witte.
The medical marijuana can also only be given to students who qualify—meaning they have a valid registration with