Medical Marijuana Policy Approved at LTPS

    The Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS) Board of Education approved an “Administration of Medical Marijuana” (5330.01 and R5330.01) policy on July 27th. All New Jersey schools and facilities serving students with developmental disabilities are required to have such a policy per a bill signed into law last November by Governor Chris Christie.

    The LTPS policy authorizes primary caregivers to administer medical marijuana to a qualifying student patient while on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event.

    The policy details the following:

    • The primary caregiver must meet the criminal history record background check requirement.
    • The primary caregiver must be authorized to administer medical marijuana to the qualifying student patient.
    • The enrolled student must be authorized to engage in the medical use of marijuana.
    • The student and primary caregiver must obtain a Registry Identification Card from the New Jersey Department of Health.
    • The primary caregiver must submit a written request, with supporting documentation, to the Principal requesting approval to have a primary caregiver assist in the administration of medical marijuana to the student while on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event.

    Parents of children who combat a variety of medical issues with doctor-prescribed marijuana celebrate such policies but hope that school nurses will one day be able to administer the drug.

    Andrew Zuckerman, LTPS Director of Instructional Services, said that he is unaware of any students in the district who need medical marijuana to manage their symptoms at the present time.

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    Angela Jacobs is a freelance writer who lives in Hopewell Township with her teenaged children and partner of 20 years. Despite her best efforts to simplify her life, last year she added four chickens and a second rescue dog to her pet menagerie. Unfortunately, an interim of peaceful coexistence ended with the untimely demise of two of the chickens at the paws of Jax, the new dog. An egregious lack of impulse control has since been diagnosed resulting in an indefinite separation of Jax from all present and future chickens, her two cockatiels, open garbage cans, snacks open on tables, abandoned stuffed animals, etc. She does however gently encourage him toward a certain industrious squirrel that has spelunked its way through her backyard in search of the most perfect hiding spot for its nuts.


    1. The staff in these facilities is already trained to administer and account for controlled substances. They are trained to observe for side effects and adverse reactions. The State simply needs to develop policies and procedures for the staff to administer oral forms of marijuana to the patients in its care who qualify, under state rules, for this therapy.

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