Ridgefield Park authorizes medical marijuana at schools

A Bergen County school board has adopted a medical marijuana policy that falls in line with recent legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie.



Ridgefield Park school board members voted on Wednesday to approve a measure that permits medical marijuana on school grounds.



The governor signed a bill into law last year mandating that New Jersey schools begin allowing parents and guardians to administer medical marijuana to eligible students on school grounds, buses or at school-sponsored events.



School Superintendent Eric Koenig says Ridgefield Park is implementing the policy strictly for compliance reasons. Koening says that many other schools have passed or will soon pass similar policies.



Parents whose children are authorized to use medical marijuana must submit a written request to get approval for school use.



Before the new law passed, some New Jersey schools prohibited medical marijuana to avoid liability.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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