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High school officials not ready for medical marijuana on campus

FRISCO - Local high school students face suspension or expulsion for possessing marijuana at school, but medical pot on campus hasn't been addressed.

"It's something our school is working on. It could be becoming a growing issue," said Brett Tomlinson, assistant principal at Summit High School.

He and Summit County undersheriff Derek Woodman addressed such issues during a Summit Prevention Alliance-sponsored community forum Tuesday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

State law allows for people under 18 to use medical marijuana similar to anyone else with a doctor's approval, albeit with parent permission and a few other extra steps.

The school nurse typically holds students' prescription medications, but the rules don't work that way for cannabis.

Under state law, a person must have a certificate or be a designated caregiver (limit one per patient) to hold marijuana for anyone, Woodman said.

"Consequently, the nurse is in violation of law by possessing marijuana," he said.

Audience members Tuesday submitted such questions as: Why are there no random drug screenings at the school?

Tomlinson said the screenings are "cost prohibitive."

Before the discussion, two students from the SHS debate team argued whether recreational marijuana use is bad for kids under 18.

More information regarding Tuesday's discussions are to be posted at http://summitpreventionalliance.org.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.


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