Maine school board votes to allow students medical marijuana on school property

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AUBURN, ME - A school board meeting in Auburn, Maine made national news after voting to allow students to be administered medical marijuana on school property.
 
FOX25's Crystal Haynes asked if this policy be adopted in schools in the Bay State.
 
Maine has had a medical marijuana law on the books since 1999. Massachusetts only since 2013. Experts in the field say we're still in our infancy and they are not expecting this to become an overnight trend. 
 
Marta Downing from Coo Cana Care Docs said, "It tells me that certain medical marijuana states are really maturing."
 
Effective immediately in Auburn, Maine, students in pre-k through high school with a medical marijuana ID card can be administered the drug on school property by a parent or caregiver.
 
The policy prohibit's smoking, but most children prescribed the drug use extractions or something called tinctures.
 
"Could this happen in Massachusetts? I think it can. And I think it will, but we're not there yet," Downing said.
 
Downing is a veteran of the medical marijuana industry and is the COO of Cana Care Docs, an evaluation and dispensary referral company with offices in Maine and Massachusetts.
 
She tells FOX25 the Bay State's 2013 medical marijuana statute is just too new.
 
"I would say its five years away from a school board voting almost unanimously allowing children to use a cannabinoid therapy," she said.
 
But Nicole Snow from the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance tells FOX25 she thinks medical marijuana in Massachusetts schools could come sooner than that.
 
Snow said, "Initially there's a lot of fear. But I've been in contact with such brave parents."
 
She's seeing an increase in demand from parents for more natural treatments for seizures and autism. 
 
Several lawmakers said Thursday that the state is still working on a comprehensive medical marijuana law, but that right now the statute doesn't allow for accommodation for medical marijuana use making it illegal to use on school grounds.  
 

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