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Ada schools consider medical marijuana options

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ADA, Okla. -- Ada City Schools is doing its homework concerning its policy on medical marijuana.

While many school districts across Oklahoma have yet to adopt a policy on the use of medical marijuana by students, Ada City Schools is busy doing its homework now.

Superintendent Mike Anderson said a change to the district's policy on cannabis use could be ahead.

"According to the federal policies and federal laws, it's still considered an illegal substance," he said. "However, the state law speaks differently, and they are in direct conflict with each other, so that's the issue right now."

To help decide on a policy, the district is getting opinions from a law firm and the state's board of education.

The lawyers advised that the Ada schools policy should not be changed, while the state agency suggests that medical marijuana be made available to students who need it.

"If they're a minor student and they have a need that two doctors have signed off on, then the state law provides an opportunity for that to be administered on school grounds by that caregiver," Anderson explained.

Whichever route the district takes, school employees will still not be able to use medical marijuana on campus. Anderson said they'll be weighing their options carefully to make the best decision for students.

"We want our people to know that we're looking at every option available to us, and this policy is no different," he said. "It's new, and there's a lot of uncertainties, but we want to make sure that we get things right."

Anderson said he hopes the school board can agree on a policy within the next two months.

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