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Martin County School Board discusses medical marijuana policy

Posted at 6:46 AM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 07:05:56-05

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — The Martin County School Board on Thursday discussed a policy to allow medical marijuana on campus for students who need it.

By state law, all school districts must have policies in place by the end of the year. A draft is due to the state by Dec. 1, and adoption by Dec. 31.

Martin County School Board members still need to vote on the policy.

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According to documents, the policy is to allow medical marijuana for qualified students when administration cannot be done outside of school hours.

However, an authorized primary caregiver must administer the medical marijuana to the student -- school employees cannot be involved.

That caregiver must provide all proper documentation to the school and administer the drug in a designated location. The student cannot bring the marijuana to school themselves.

The type of marijuana must by absorbed quickly, like an oil or edible. Smokable forms, vapors and patches are not permitted.

Palm Beach County, St. Lucie County and Okeechobee County have all adopted policies already. Most policies are very similar to one another.

Indian River County leaders said they plan to vote on a medical marijuana policy later this month.