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The exclusive purpose of this policy is to comply with the mandate of F.S. 1006.062(8), to allow a student who is a qualified patient, as defined in F.S. 381.986, to use medical marijuana obtained in accordance with law. Administration of medical marijuana/low THC cannabis/cannabinoid products to qualified Hillsborough County Public Schools students shall be in accordance with this policy.
The Board strives to comply with the State law in order to honor the families’ private medical decisions while ensuring a learning environment free of disruption. The administration of prescribed medical marijuana/low THC cannabis to a student during school hours when administration cannot reasonably be accomplished outside of school hours, will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, the student would not be able to attend school if the medical marijuana were not made available during school hours, or the student is disabled and requires medication to benefit from his/her educational program.
This policy conveys no right to any student or to the student’s parents/guardians or other caregivers to demand access to any general or particular location on school grounds or District property, a school bus, or a school-sponsored event to administer medical marijuana/low THC cannabis.
If the Federal government indicates that the District’s Federal funds are jeopardized by this policy, the Board declares that this policy shall be suspended immediately and the administration of any form of medical marijuana/low THC cannabis for qualified students will not be permitted. In that event, the District shall post notice of such policy suspension and prohibition in a conspicuous place on its website.
For purposes of the medical marijuana policy, the following definitions shall apply per Florida Statute:
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA/LOW THC CANNABIS TO QUALIFIED STUDENTS ON SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY
A. ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA/LOW THC CANNABIS USE AT SCHOOL
B. REQUEST BY PARENT/GUARDIAN FOR AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA/LOW THC CANNABIS TO BE ADMINISTERED AT SCHOOL
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENT/CAREGIVER:
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PRINCIPALS/ADMINISTRATORS:
Upon review and approval of the documentation submitted by the parent, the Principal will:
CONSEQUENCES OF RULE VIOLATION
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