New rules allow Rhode Island schools to administer medical marijuana
Recent changes in Rhode Island now require schools to develop protocols to allow for the administration of medical marijuana to students while on school campus. The regulations which recently took effect require students to have an active medical marijuana card as well as permission from their doctor in order to qualify. Data from the Rhode Island Department of Health indicates that there are 22 individuals under the age of 18 with an active medical marijuana registration.
State guidelines require any medical marijuana administered on campus must only be obtained from a Rhode Island licensed compassion center. Students are prohibited from consuming medical cannabis via smoking or other form of inhalation. Schools cannot discipline or otherwise discriminate against students who require medical marijuana and may not deny the student’s eligibility to attend school solely based on the student’s need for the administration of medical marijuana.