Colorado school nurses can dispense marijuana

KANSAS CITY STAR:

A third-grade student who uses medical marijuana to help with his seizures inspired Colorado lawmakers to sign a bill that allows school nurses to administer the medicine to students who qualify.

The bill, known as “Quintin’s Amendment,” is named after third-grader Quintin Lovato, KDVR reported. The amendment expands on “Jack’s Law,” which allows Colorado children to take medical marijuana to school.

Quintin, 9, has three types of seizures and Tourette syndrome, the TV station reported. In January, he weaned off of drugs that made him “extremely hard” to deal with and began using a cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope.

“My new medicine makes me feel like I can really focus on baseball and school,” Quintin told lawmakers, according to the Vail Daily.

He needs three doses a day, the newspaper reported, but he sometimes has to miss his midday dose of the oil while at school because both of his parents have to work.

“If I could take my Haleigh’s Hope in the middle of the day maybe my seizures would go away,” he told the Colorado House of Representatives House Health Committee, according to the Vail Daily. “If I didn’t have seizures then I could live a more normal life like the other kids at school.”

Earlier this month, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 18-1286, “School Nurse Give Medical Marijuana at School.” The law allows school personnel to administer medical marijuana, in a non-smokeable form, to students who qualify.

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