California law states that cannabis is legal for those 21 and older. Should an exception be made for “medical use” by those younger than 21, and should this be extended onto school campuses? What is legitimate “medical use” anyway?
A new California bill, SB-1127 by Sen. Jerry Hill, would allow medicinal cannabis on campuses. Some parents of children with medical issues have complained about having to bring their children off campus to give them the cannabis drug, then return them to class. The new law would still make parents administer the drug, but it would let them keep their students on campus instead of crossing the street.
While some parents have doctors’ notes recommending their kids take the drug for conditions like autism or seizures, the American Medical Association actually states that “Cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern.” Cannabis has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration because there aren’t sufficient studies proving it has significant medical benefits. It is classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug, the most risky classification since it’s easily abused and is shown by many studies as harmful to the developing brains of youth.
Regadless, some activists are still pushing for parents to be able to administer the drug on campus, claiming the current practice is too burdensome and disruptive. But isn’t having the parents coming on campus every day to administer the drug already disruptive? By that rationale, wouldn’t it be less disruptive for cannabis to be given by the school nurse or or just taken by the student alone?
I believe it isn’t wise to pass this bill, because the limited studies show mixed results that have not convinced the experts of their safety and efficacy. While some parents may say that cannabis helps, there is documented evidence that this drug can harm kids in other ways.
“The use of untested drugs can have unpredictable and unintended consequences,” the FDA website states. Marijuana is often used for recreation and is often addictive. There’s also a new powerful cannabis industry strongly promoting its use for many controversial purposes, such as selling cannabis-containing gummy bears online!
Medicinal cannabis is claimed to benefit some youth with medical conditions, but it is not accepted by medical societies and government regulators, and may be causing more harm than good. We should not make it legal on school campuses.