Medical marijuana’s legal, but schools fear crackdown if students use it

School districts are in a quandary over students who use medical marijuana, with some fearing that any help they offer could land them in jail.

Voters in November agreed to legalize pot for medical purposes but it’s also a popular recreational drug considered illegal by the federal government. And that has raised a number of questions as districts scramble to put policies in place. Among them:

-- Will local schools store the drug on school premises or will parents have to come on campus to give it to their child?

-- What forms of the drug will be acceptable on campus? Can students apply cannabis ointments or patches on their skin or bring edible brownies in their lunchboxes?

-- What steps will schools take to prevent the drug from getting into the hands of other students?

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said he plans to talk to School Board members to get a sense of what would best serve the community.

“We want to show compassion and also use common sense,” he said. “We may have to deal with it on a case-by-case basis.”

Broward County school officials say they are awaiting guidance from the state Department of Education.

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