McAlester Public Schools

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School board members revised McAlester Public Schools' medical marijuana policy to better define acceptable use on campus.

MPS Board of Education members previously approved a medical marijuana policy in March before approving during Monday’s meeting revisions including definitions, exempted diagnoses, procedures and other requirements for possession and self-administration of medical marijuana on district premises.

“If a child will benefit from this, we need to have a safe and well-defined blueprint,” said MPS Board President Vic Wheeler said. “We want children to have the best opportunity to learn and if there’s a treatment available to them that does that, we want to make sure that’s available to them.”

The policy defines marijuana as “all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L.” including seeds, resin, every compound and more, but “shall not include any federal Food and Drug Administration-approved cannabidiol medication.”

Hemp CBD is defined in the MPS policy as “a non psychoactive cannabinoid” made from hemp with less than three-tenths percent concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive component of cannabis.

Hemp is defined as Cannabis saliva L. and any part of the plant “with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis,” according to the MPS policy.

The policy states employees and other non-students “may possess and self-administer Hemp CBD containing 0.0% THC on the premises of the district.” But those individuals are not permitted to self-administer in the presence of students and must be able to certify the lack of THC upon request.

Students “may not possess and/or self-administer Hemp CBD containing 0.0% THC” — but a parent or legal guardian can administer to the student in a designated area, per the policy.

Employees and non-students may self-administer Hemp CBD containing 0.3% THC on district premises if they hold a medical marijuana license and have written certification from a physician licensed in Oklahoma that the individual is diagnosed by licensed physician has having one of the following:

• Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome

• Dravet Syndrome

• any severe form of epilepsy not adequately treated by traditional medical therapies

• spasticity due to multiple sclerosis or due to paraplegia

• intractable nausea and vomiting

• appetite stimulation with chronic wasting diseases

The policy states employees and non-students must be able to verify upon request that they meet an exception and the Hemp CBD contains no more than three-tenths percent THC.

Students “may not possess and/or self-administer” Hemp CBD containing 0.3% THC. But a parent or legal guardian or caregiver may administer it to the student on district premises if the student is a medical marijuana license holder or the parent, legal guardian or caregiver has written certification from a physician licensed in Oklahoma that the student has one of the exempted diagnoses.

The policy states district employees will not administer Hemp CBD to a student unless they are the parent, legal guardian or caretaker of the student, and the district will not maintain or store a student’s Hemp CBD.

Contact Adrian O’Hanlon III at aohanlon@mcalesternews.com