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One of the major battlegrounds over federal and state cannabis laws is the public school system, where students who are taking state-legal cannabis medications are being prevented from using their medicine. Legislators in Maine, Colorado, and New Jersey have stepped up to pass laws allowing parents or caregivers to administer medical marijuana on school property, and now Georgia Rep. Allen Peake is pushing to add the Peach State to the list of states protecting children’s rights to use their medicine as directed.
There are over 3,000 Georgians currently registered to use medical cannabis in the state, about a third of whom are children. Most of these children are taking cannabis-based medicines to treat epileptic disorders, and some must take medication several times a day. For a student, this means ingesting the substance while at school, but federal law prohibits any use of cannabis within 1,000 feet of any school, even if legal under state law. As a result, many school districts across the country, even in progressive states like California, ban any use of medical cannabis for fear