Medical marijuana

If you’re a medical marijuana patient under 18, you may soon be able to have your medicine administered on campus in Sarasota County.

The Sarasota County School Board will vote today on a medial marijuana policy regarding students.

The policy states, “The board strives to comply with state law to honor families’ private medical decisions while ensuring a learning environment free of disruption.”

If there is no way the medical marijuana can be administered at the student’s home, the policy states it can be done in a pre-designated location on campus by the student’s parent or other caregiver.

The caregiver must have a state registry identification card.

School board member Eric Robinson said the board had to “navigate a minefield between local and federal law,” to formulate the policy.

“I think we reached an amicable compromise,” Robinson said. “We tried to balance a variety of peoples’ interest, to make sure this policy works for everyone.”

There are some stipulations outlined about administration:

• Marijuana cannot be administered on a school bus or at a school-sponsored event.

• Marijuana must be administered in a “designated location,” either the nurse’s office or a building administrator’s office. “District or school administration determines, in its sole discretion, the location of administration of a permissible form of medical marijuana/low THC cannabis that do not create risk of disruption to the educational environment or exposure to other students,” the policy states.

• School nurses, health care personnel, or other employees are not allowed to administer medical marijuana to any student.

• The student cannot have the medical marijuana in their possession, other than at the time of administering.

• The caregiver assumes any and all potential civil or criminal responsibility and liability indirectly or directly

• Not complying with the policy could potentially result in disciplinary action, including suspension, and/or expulsion.

The Charlotte County school district adopted a medical marijuana treatment and administration policy for students in August 2019. Its policy can be viewed at

Interim superintendent

The Sarasota County School Board will also vote to approve interim superintendent Misti Corcoran’s contract as superintendent. Under the contract, Corcoran will make $207,000 annually, plus $650 per month for use of her car, insurance, maintenance, gas or other expenses related to her job, and $500 monthly for business expenditures.

Corcoran stepped in as the interim superintendent in early December. The district reached a mutual separation agreement with former superintendent Todd Bowen in November, formally ending his employment with the district.

The School Board Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. today at 1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota. The meeting is open to the public, and there will be opportunity for citizen comment.


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