Colorado School District Broadens Medical Cannabis Discussion

On April 5, 2016, Falcon School District 49 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, released “Compassionate Cannabinoid Product Administration On District Property,” a video intended to broaden the medical cannabis discussion in regards to a proposed policy that would allow parents to administer cannabinoid products to their children at school.

According to Matt Meister, District 49’s Director of Communications, “District 49 is in the process of discussing a policy that would provide the parents of these students that have a documented and viable medical need the ability to administer cannabinoid products to their kids in a secure and controlled environment on our school campuses to reduce the severity and frequency of seizure activity.”

“Like other forms of medication, it must remain in the school health room and school nurses cannot administer it. Currently, parents must take their children off school property to administer the medication,” stated a public policy poll on District 49’s website.

At nearly 13-minutes, the video is meant to provide community members with an opportunity to get to know the families with school children suffering from medical conditions that produce frequent and severe seizures, enabling the community to engage in sincere discussion.

“This video is part of the forum that we’ve built for community participation, an opportunity to discuss the proposed policy. We want to be authentic and transparent,” Meister said. “I’m hoping that meeting these families and these kids will help to contribute to an informed community discussion.”

Community feedback and poll results will be sent to the directors of District 49’s Board of Education.

Caroline Cahill was the Managing Editor of MJINews from June 2014 through February 2018. She earned her BA in Communications from College of Charleston and her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. You can follow her on Twitter @CtheresaC.

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