Delaware Students Can Now Use Pot Oil at School

Yes, you read that correctly — but it’s not recreational.

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Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill into law yesterday that will allow the state’s students with medical prescriptions to use pot oil at school.

In the presence of guardians and caretakers, nurses at public and private schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade will be able to administer cannabis oil to children with prescriptions anywhere on school property, including on buses.

State Sen. Ernesto Lopez served as the primary sponsor of the bill, an extension of Rylie’s Law, which first made it possible for doctors to prescribe pot oil to children in the state. Lopez also sponsored Rylie’s Law, which passed last June.

The medical marijuana oil is available to children with intractable epilepsy and certain muscle disorders, among other conditions. Rylie’s Law was drafted after Lopez and other legislators heard the story of Rylie Maedler, a 10-year-old at Rehoboth Elementary School who was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor that prompted seizures and the deterioration of her teeth and bones. Marijuana oil, doctors found, helped to lessen her conditions.

“In Delaware we always want to be first, and in this particular instance we’re moving forward and making sure our kids have the best access to quality medicine and healthcare – that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day,” Lopez told WMDT.

According to Delaware Public Media, there are fewer than 10 children in Delaware with a prescription for medical marijuana.

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