July 20, 2024


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RI school nurses allowed to administer medical marijuana to students

PROVIDENCE – School nurses in Rhode Island will now be allowed to administer medical marijuana to students with a doctor’s order, a change in regulations that seems to have caught school leaders by surprise. 

Under a new school health regulation revised last month, every school district must develop procedures authorizing parents, legal guardians and school nurses to administer medical marijuana provided the student has a medical marijuana card, a doctor’s signature and a parent’s signature, among other requirements. 

Rhode Island recently approved legalizing recreational marijuana use in Rhode Island. It allows an adult 21 or older to buy and possess up to an ounce of cannabis, with no more than 10 ounces for personal use kept at home. It would also allow Rhode Islanders to grow a small amount of their own cannabis at home once the law takes effect.