School districts in Rhode Island must develop protocols for administering medical cannabis to students.
The changes to the state’s regulations occurred in July and students must be registered patients, with a doctor’s note, and parental approval.
According to the rules, students with medical cannabis cards cannot smoke their medicine at school. They can only take it in specific places and they cannot handle or administer the products themselves. If a school nurse refuses to give them their medicine, they must make other arrangements.
There are currently just 22 patients in the state younger than 18 who hold a medical cannabis recommendation.
According to Ganjapreneur, medical cannabis was not previously prohibited in schools, Health Department Spokesman Joseph Wendelken told the Journal, but the revised regulation provides guidance to districts regarding implementation.
Rhode Island recently approved legalizing adult-use recreational marijuana use. It allows an adult 21 or older to buy and possess up to an ounce of cannabis, with no more than 10 ounces for personal use kept at home. It would also allow Rhode Islanders to grow a small amount of their own cannabis at home once the law takes effect.