Regulation of Medical Marijuana Providers Near Schools

Adopted October 2010 – Reviewed and deemed relevant November 2014 – Community Concerns Commission

“California State PTA believes in the importance of preventing and eliminating factors that may be detrimental to the health, safety and well-being of all children and youth.” (Prevention and Intervention Programs Adopted January 1995 – Revised February 2014 – Health, Community Concerns and Family Engagement Commissions)

Moreover, “California State PTA believes that children and youth must be given every opportunity to reach their full potential. California State PTA further believes that concerned individuals, agencies, and organizations must join together to address the needs of all children and youth. Together, families, schools, and communities can effectively strengthen and enhance the maturation of our children, resulting in emotionally secure, healthy, and socially responsible adults.” (Prevention and Intervention Programs Adopted January 1995 – Revised February 2014 – Health, Community Concerns and Family Engagement Commissions)

In addition, California State PTA recognizes existing law – the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Health & Safety Code 11362.5), which includes the following purposes:

To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where such use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.

With the passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, medical marijuana dispensaries have flourished throughout California.  While these dispensaries are intended to serve the seriously ill, there is a growing concern that minors may also be able to purchase marijuana from the dispensaries. In addition, advertising fliers are often distributed in the general area of the dispensaries, encouraging the use of marijuana. Locating medical marijuana dispensaries “next to a school not only advertises substance abuse, but also glamorizes it.” (Regulation of Liquor Licenses Near Schools Resolution, adopted by Convention Delegates May 1997; Reviewed April 2008)

To protect our children and youth from possible easy access to marijuana in a public school zone, California State PTA supports state legislation that would prohibit operation or establishment of a medical marijuana cooperative, collective, dispensary or provider within 600 feet of a school. We encourage local authorities to adopt ordinances which would place these “clinics” further than the aforementioned 600 feet of a school.

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