K-12 students in South Dakota’s public schools who are cardholders with a practitioner’s recommendations to use medical cannabis will be able to access the drug in schools this year with the help of registered designated caregivers.
Rules for medical cannabis and schools passed Monday morning by five lawmakers — Representatives Ryan Cwach, Jon Hansen, Kevin Jensen and Senators Jean Hunhoff and Timothy Johns — on the interim rules review committee. Sen. Troy Heinert was not present during the vote at the meeting.
The passage of the rules follows a months-long process to finalize the rules for schools after medical marijuana became legal under Initiated Measure 26 on July 1.
First, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards passed a draft of rules in mid-May, which then went to the committee in June. The committee asked for some revisions, like limiting the rule to only public schools. The board then revised