Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana In Schools For Children

COLORADO:  With three days remaining for lawmakers to wrap up this year’s legislative business at the state Capitol, one of the important bills remaining would allow children to bring medical marijuana to schools.

The bill could help more than 500 children in the state. Some of the children have moved to Colorado with their families to get help and to have access to marijuana.

The bill is designed to help children who have to live with seizures and muscle spasms. They can take a strain of marijuana that is low in THC, but many can’t go to school because of drug-free zones.


Fort Collins Schools Won’t Get Marijuana Money

COLORADO:  When Colorado residents legalized the retail sale of marijuana in 2013, some supported the measure because a portion of tax revenue was destined to boost school funding.

However, Poudre School District will not receive a dime of that money. Fort Collins-area parents who see critical needs in the district’s 50 schools, including a lack of air conditioning in some schools, are angry.

The constitutional amendment to legalize retail pot sales promised the first $40 million collected from a 15 percent excise tax on unprocessed retail marijuana would be used to help Colorado’s 178 public school districts.

The tax goes into the public school capital construction assistance fund and is transferred to the state’s Building Excellent Schools Today, or BEST, competitive grant program. Funding awarded through the program established in 2008 can be used for construction of new schools, renovation of existing public school facilities or addressing critical public health and safety issues.


US Attorney Asked To Block Local Marijuana Clinics Near Schools

MASSACHUSETTS:  US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is weighing whether to use federal law to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries, including those proposed for Boston and Brookline, if they open within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, or public housing.

Under federal law, the 15 dispensaries and additional cultivation sites provisionally approved in Massachusetts could face prosecution and asset forfeiture if they open too close to a school — even if the locations would be allowed under local and state regulations. A Globe review found that at least six of the dispensaries would be within 1,000 feet of schools or playgrounds.

A critic of the Brookline dispensary has appealed to the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts to intervene, saying it is vital to separate dispensaries from children.

“It raises important questions, and we’re going to have to take them into consideration,” Ortiz’s spokeswoman, Christina DiIorio-Sterling, said. “We are looking into it. We need to assess it and have some internal discussions, and we will have a decision soon.”