By / October 4, 2023

Michigan Students Can Now Use Medical Cannabis in School

Students attending elementary and secondary schools in Michigan will be permitted to consume medical cannabis and products containing CBD under a new bill introduced last week.

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Michigan Legislative Proposal

The bill, presented by Democratic representatives in the Michigan House of Representatives last week, will make it legal for students to consume edible products, beverages, and other items containing cannabinoids on school grounds or in a school bus.

Selected Michigan staff members would be authorized to administer these products. Students entitled to consume medical cannabis would need written permission specifying when they can take it. Examples include taking medicine in emergencies to alleviate or prevent symptoms.

Changes to Previous Michigan Law

The new law would amend the Michigan state law, which previously required that students receiving medical cannabis or CBD products be excused from school, and the cannabis products had to be administered by parents or guardians at least 300 meters away from the school.

Instead, the new Michigan law would allow for the products to be administered on Michigan school grounds, in a bus, or during school-sanctioned activities by the student, school employee, guardian, or parent.

Impact of the Legislation

It is estimated that the legislation will affect approximately 200 Michigan students who are considered pediatric patients using cannabis for medical purposes.

The goal is to expand students’ access to medical cannabis if the student is qualified to receive the substance.

“Jayden’s Law” for Michigan

The plan has been named “Jayden’s Law” in honor of Jayden Carter, a Michigan student who consumes medical cannabis for treating Asperger’s syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The legislation will also provide protection for those administering medical cannabis, including students, parents, teachers, school nurses, and Michigan bus drivers.

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