Lawmakers approve rules for medical cannabis in public schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Education has succeeded in its second attempt to get legislators to approve rules for allowing medical marijuana in public schools.

The Board of Education struck language that would have made the rules apply to private schools after the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee last month rejected its first rules proposal. The state government has been tasked with setting up a medical marijuana program under a law voters passed last year. But the program has seen a clunky rollout at times.

The new rules will allow schools and school nurses to opt out of administering medical marijuana but will allow caregivers to enter schools to do so. Medical marijuana advocates have said that arrangement would place an unnecessary burden on the parents and caregivers of students who need medical marijuana for conditions such as epilepsy.

The rules also require the students to have a medical marijuana identification card — something that won’t be available from South Dakota’s government until November. However, the policy will allow schools to accept ID cards from other states or government entities.

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