NY proposal calls for medical marijuana in schools

New York is considering a proposal that would allow schools to “possess, secure and administer medical marijuana products under limited circumstances.” The controversial proposal was part of a dozen recommendations from the state's health department, which also included allowing nurse practitioners to certify patients for the medical pot, approving five additional marijuana growers over the next two years and adding “chronic intractable pain” to the list of conditions approved for marijuana use, The Daily News reported.

Advocates claim this could significantly improve access to the drug for seriously ill children who are unable to take the substance at schools because of the current law. Opponents, like New York State Sen. Marty Golden, however, are not convinced. On "Fox and Friends Weekend" today, Golden said that 25 states currently have medical marijuana, but this is the first year that any states will allow the drug in schools. He said that he strongly opposes New York joining Colorado, Maine, New Jersey and Washington in allowing schools to administer medical marijuana, arguing that it raises more problems than solutions.

"Could you imagine other kids in the city knowing one child possesses medical marijuana pills? We jeopardize that kid," Golden said. "What are we going to do with the medical marijuana? Where are we going to store it? How are we going to store it?"

He also took issue with the idea that medical marijuana would help children in the first place, noting, "There is no proven medical background that says this is going to cure anything."