'Jack's Amendment' allowing students to use cannabis at school clears first hurdle at Capitol

DENVER - An amendment to the state Senate Medical Marijuana Caregivers Bill, that would allow students to use medical cannabis at schools, cleared its first hurdle Monday, passing in committee.

The measure, named "Jack's Amendment," was inspired by a 7NEWS story about Jack Splitt, a 14-year-old with severe cerebral palsy unable to use his cannabis oil and patch at his Jefferson County school.

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Jack mother, Stacey Linn, said she had no idea her son's story could make such an impact.

"I've spent a lot of time thinking about it, and just this morning, I thought, 'Wow here we are,'" Linn said. "And I've had people calling me from other states asking, 'How are you doing this? How did you get here?"

She brought Jack to the hearing Monday where Longmont Democrat Rep. Jonathan Singer spoke for the first time about his amendment.

"We allow kids to take all sorts of psychotropic medications, whether it's Ritalin, whether its opiate pain killers," Singer told members of the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee. "We allow kids to use that under supervised circumstances. We should do the same thing here."

Singer said he's still working on writing the amendment and will present it when the Caregivers Bill goes to a full vote of the House.

He said Jack's Amendment wouldn't allow students to smoke medical marijuana at school, and that the measure would pertain to cannabis tinctures, oil and patches. Singer also told 7NEWS this wouldn't require schools to allow medical cannabis.

"This is permissive," he said. "But they might have medical neglect issues if they don't honor a doctor's recommendation."

Linn was joined by a few other parents who told the committee the measure could allow their children to attend school, including a mother who moved from North Carolina to treat her son's epilepsy with cannabis.

No one at Monday's hearing opposed the amendment, though some spoke against other aspects of the Caregivers bill.

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