The use of medical marijuana by qualified students has been approved by the Leon County School Board (LCSB) and will begin being implemented as of January 28 2020. The LCSB approved the policy and procedures specific to Leon County. The adopted policy aims to have a continuation of learning environment that is free from disruption.
According to Florida law, each district school board must adopt a policy and a procedure for students who have qualified as patients for medical marijuana use. The policy and procedure must be inclusive for qualified patients and should identify how the marijuana will be received, accounted for, and stored within school premises.
The scope of the new policy defines how the school board will interact with students who have been previously prescribed medical marijuana. The staff will permit access to cannabis under the following conditions:
- the health of the student would be compromised without access
- the student would not be able to attend school without access
- the student is disabled and requires it to benefit from education.
Minors, or students below the age of 18, can only be administered THC by a caregiver who is registered with the Florida Department of Health or a legal guardian. The means by which the medicine is provided are non-smokable products such as oils, edibles or lotions that can be administered and absorbed in a short period of time. There will be no igniting of any substances to meet the needs of qualified patients.
Students in possession of marijuana that are not consistent with the policy and procedural elements outlined can face student conduct discipline such as suspension or expulsion. Violation may lead students to face local law enforcement.