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Tulsa Public Schools will not allow medical marijuana on campus property

Posted at 9:27 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 22:43:13-04

TULSA -- Tulsa Public Schools will not allow medical marijuana on school property.

The board made it clear during Monday night's meeting while state law says medical marijuana is legal, because the district is federally funded, they have to follow federal laws which say that marijuana is a prohibited controlled substance.

"I don’t think it needs to be around our children at all, totally, it’s unacceptable," said Jerri Davis, a TPS parent.

While some parents feel that way, others are disappointed and say the district is treating medical marijuana as a drug, instead of medicine.

"Just CBD doesn’t work for everyone, some of those kids need the THC strains and it’s not okay for them to forbid that from these children," said Jill Galbraith, with Oklahomans for Cannabis.

While it's not allowed on campus, the board made it clear that students can take their prescribed medical marijuana before school, and if they need another dosage, can be taken off campus to receive it and then come back.

"It’s just old school not to think that marijuana is different than any other drug that we take for our health," said Cheryl Estes, a TPS parent.

The board for Oklahoma City Public Schools voted to allow medical marijuana on school property. Their policy states as long as the administer brings the product on campus, then removes it from the property after the student is given the proper dosage in a private location.

"We cannot be calling patients and parents criminals or discriminating against these children who already have enough devastation in their lives because of the need for continuing medical treatment and disabilities," said Gailbraith.

The Tulsa policy says the district cannot discriminate because of a student, teacher, or parent's status as a medical marijuana license holder. This policy also doesn't impact their current employee contracts.

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