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Should students use medical marijuana at school?

A Saskatoon student has been told he can't use medical marijuana at school, or attend classes under its influence. John Conroy is a lawyer who specializes in medical marijuana cases, and says anyone with a prescription should be able to use the drug any time any where.
This file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary. (Associated Press file photo)

Students should be allowed to use marijuana at school, as long as they have a prescription. At least according to lawyer John Conroy who tells Jim Brown that students have a right to education-- if they need any sort of prescription drug to help them get that education, then so be it. 

The conversation stems from a recent case in Saskatoon, where a high school student has been told he can't use medical marijuana at school, or attend classes under its influence-- even though he was allowed to before. His school board is not commenting about why the 180 occurred, but Conroy says it's not right.

He specializes in medical marijuana cases, and says administrators should be able to work with students to accommodate their medical needs-- without having an impact on the rest of the school community. And, he points out that many kids attend school while using other prescription drugs like Ritalin, and this is no different; even if schools were worried about a student sharing prescription pot with classmates, the same concern could arise with other medicines.

You've got students who are taking Ritalin and insulin, and presumably other prescribed drugs...why can't this young man do it?-John Conroy, lawyer

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