Will medical marijuana be allowed in Florida schools?

(WTSP) -- Right now, medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, including Florida. What you might not realize is even after voters approved it, our lawmakers still have to meet in to decide how to implement it.

“Think of it like a skeleton outline of what the subject is about and what the law is intended to do,” attorney Richard Blau of Gray Robinson said. “That's the first stage. The Legislature gets together and in effect puts muscle onto the skeleton.”

Lawmakers reconvene in March, and their discussions could include how schools will deal with a student who is certified to use medical marijuana.

That isn't an easy process. In Colorado, for example, medical marijuana was legalized in 2000. However, it took the state until May 2015 to make it legal in schools, a first in the nation.

It took another year for the governor to sign a bill forcing school districts to create their own policies.

Some were hesitant because medical marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, so they're afraid of losing money from the federal government.

“So there is a definite tension that exists,” Blau said. “That may come into play when the Legislature decides to enact statutes that will implement the Amendment 2 law that was passed in November's election.”

Luckily, Florida has other states to look to, such as New Jersey and Maine, where individual school districts  have created medical marijuana policies.

In many cases, the districts let a parent or guardian come to the school to administer the drug to a student if they're certified to use it.

Florida could do something similar, but we will have to wait and see how it all plays out.

10News WTSP will stay on top of this story and let you know what happens in March. The legislators could decide whether marijuana will be allowed in schools, banned from schools, or they could leave it up to the districts.


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