Medical marijuana in Osceola County schools to go before School Board next month

The Osceola County School District will soon vote on a rule that would allow students to take prescribed medical marijuana on school property.

John Boyd, director of government and labor relations for the School District, discussed the new proposed rule during a

Nov. 12 School Board meeting.

The rule, if adopted, would establish policies and procedures detailing how students can use medical marijuana on school grounds. Boyd said a nearly identical policy has already been adopted in Broward County.

The policy would ensure access to qualified patients, identify how the marijuana will be received and stored, as well as establish processes to prevent access to the drug by other students and school personnel.

Highlights of the proposal include:

 A student’s parent or registered caregiver must submit a written request to the child’s principal at least 48 hours in advance.

 The parent or caregiver is responsible for administering the medicine.

 Medical marijuana could not be stored on school district property, including school grounds, at any time.

 The school principal would need to designate a place on school grounds where the medicine can be taken.

 The caregiver must fill out and submit the district’s “Authorization for Medical Marijuana/ Low-THC Cannabis Use for Qualified Students at School” form.

 The caregiver must provide a copy of the student and caregiver’s Department of Health medical-marijuana registry identification card and a valid form of picture identification.

 School-level nurses, health care personnel or school staff couldn’t administer, store, hold or transport the medical marijuana in any form.

 Students are prohibited from using medical marijuana on school buses or field trips.

 Students could face expulsion if rules are not followed.

The School Board has not made a decision on the new rule yet.

According to Dana Schafer, public information officer for the district, a public hearing on the item will  be  place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the School District of Osceola County Administrative Center Board Room. The School Board is likely to take action on the item that night, Schafer said.