Students in Washington State that have a valid medical marijuana card will be able to use their medicine at school. Ducky’s Bill was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. Of course, there are a few rules to follow under the new law.
Students will only be able to use medical marijuana in liquid form, according to The Fix. Only parents can administer the medicine. Students no longer have to leave school grounds to take their medicine.
Before this law was passed, Governor Inslee said, “Currently children who need medical marijuana… have to leave school. They’re missing valuable time.”
Ducky’s Bill is named after River “Ducky” Barclay. Ducky has Batten disease, which is a seizure disorder. Marijuana oil helped Ducky reduce her seizures and allowed her to perform better in school. It’s a progressive disease that is debilitating. Life expectancy for Ducky is short, she’s not expected to live past her 14th birthday and is no longer verbal and has lost her sight.
After the bill was signed into law, Ducky’s father said, “It’s humbling and overwhelming.”
Sponsor of Ducky’s Bill, Representative Brian Blake said, “Like Ducky, there are other children in our state who struggle with seizures or other disorders and I am convinced that these bills will make their lives better. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can help these kids so they can have the same opportunity to learn and enjoy school as any other Washington student.”
Several other states also allow for medical marijuana use on school grounds.