Illinois House Approves Bill to Allow Students Take Medical Marijuana at Schools

Medical marijuana is legalized in Illinois, however, it is not permitted for students to use it in school or have school nurses administer it.
Medical marijuana is legalized in Illinois, however, it is not permitted for students to use it in school or have school nurses administer it. (File image via Reuters)

The Illinois House has approved a bill allowing students to take their medical marijuana at their elementary and secondary schools.

House Bill 4870 passed on Wednesday by a whopping majority vote of 99-1, the legislative body said in a press release.

The bill is now awaiting approval from the Illinois Senate. The state’s Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education are both supportive of the bill.

The bill requires schools both, public and private, to allow parents to give their children medical marijuana on school premises or on the bus.

The child is obligated to be a holder of a medical marijuana card issued by the Public Health Department of Illinois.

The bill only authorizes the use of infused products such as foods, oils, and ointments. Products that can be smoked are prohibited.

The bill was sponsored by State Representative Lou Lang. It was proposed after a lawsuit by the parents of a student against the Schaumburg School District 54 for not allowing their child take medical marijuana to assist with seizures caused by chemotherapy.

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