Medical Cannabis Legislation Gets Green Light from Governor

Legislation that will allow young medical marijuana patients to take prescribed cannabis on school grounds has been signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

SB 223 does not automatically allow for medicinal cannabis use on school grounds. Instead, it reverses the current statewide prohibition on cannabis within 1,000 feet of K-12 schools. School districts can now decide.

“Jojo’s Act would lift barriers for students with severe medical disabilities – for whom medicinal cannabis is the only medication that works – so they can take their dose at school and then get on with their studies, without being removed from campus and without disrupting their educational experience or that of their classmates,” the bill’s author Jerry Hill said in an earlier statement.

The bill was named after an epileptic student and medical cannabis patient in South San Francisco. It goes into effect on Jan. 1.