Medical marijuana policy adopted for Osceola schools

The Osceola County School District approved a new policy on Dec. 18  that allows prescribed students to use non-smokeable medical marijuana on campus.

It comes after Orange and Volusia counties adopted similar guidelines.

Under the new policy, a parent or guardian must administer the medically-prescribed marijuana, and it can’t be stored on campus. Parents must get approval from the school’s principal at least 48 hours in advance, and the medication can only be administered in a specified location. Students also can’t take marijuana on field trips.

Other criteria were also put in place.

According to school officials, currently, there are no students with a medical marijuana prescription in Osceola County schools.

Still, the proposed policy created a buzz on social media in the days leading up to approval by the school board Dec. 18.

Celebration resident Tom Varacky showed up to the meeting opposing the policy. He said he wants to see more research before any decisions are made. He also disagreed with some of the language.

“I don’t think there’s enough data for pro and con, and that’s why I’m concerned about pushing it into the school,” Varacky said.

The new policy was adopted 4-1 by the board.

Board Member Tim Weisheyer was the opposing vote.