The Pennsylvania Departments of Health and
Education support the administration of medical marijuana under a Safe Harbor
Letter to students with serious medical conditions, and the maintenance of a
safe environment for other students while on school property. The below guidance
provides information to school administrators to assist them in developing policies
for the administration of medical marijuana on school property.
A parent, legal guardian or caregiver may
administer medical marijuana to their child/student on school
premises provided that the parent, legal guardian or caregiver: (1) provides
the school principal with a copy of the Safe Harbor Letter; and (2) notifies the school
principal, in advance, of each instance on which the parent or caregiver will administer
the medical marijuana to the child/student. The school principal shall provide
notification to the school nurse in each instance a parent or caregiver will be
administering medical marijuana to the child/student as well. The
parent/caregiver shall follow all school protocols applicable to visitors to
the school during the school day.
A parent, legal
guardian or caregiver shall bring to the school and administer the medical
marijuana to their child/student without creating a distraction, and shall promptly
remove any excess medical marijuana and related materials from the school
premises after the administration of medical marijuana is complete. The school
shall provide a secure and private location for the parent/legal guardian/caregiver
to administer the medical marijuana to the student.
themselves shall not be permitted to possess any form of medical marijuana at
any time on school property or during any school activities on school property.
Expiration: The recommended guidance will remain in effect until the Pennsylvania
Department of Education promulgates regulations regarding the possession and
use of medical marijuana in the commonwealth’s schools.