Douglas County Schools updates medical cannabis policy

New state law required districts to allow staff administration


The Douglas County School District will now allow employees to administer medical cannabis to students who rely on it.

Gov. Jared Polis in May signed a law that required Colorado school districts to adopt policies providing for the safe storage of non-smokable medical cannabis in schools. Districts must allow staff to volunteer and administer medical cannabis and must also shield employees from retaliation whether they do or do not volunteer.

The Douglas County School Board updated the district’s medical cannabis policy in accordance with that law on Aug. 10.

“With that we have a policy that has been significantly revised to align with state statute,” board President David Ray said.

Previously, the district allowed primary caregivers to come to school and administer medical cannabis to students, but not staff. Students could not store their medical cannabis on school grounds either.

Under the new law, students must provide materials such as administration instructions from a recommending physician and a written treatment plan signed by the school principal.

DCSD’s General Counsel Mary Kay Klimesh said Superintendent Corey Wise would adopt an implementation policy, or a regulatory policy, following the board’s vote. The implementation plan would be part of the superintendent’s policies that outlines how schools should set up plans for medical cannabis storage and administration.

“A form that will guide the administration through the appropriate decision-making process along with the parent/guardian in making those decisions,” she said.


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