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Fairfax County and The Fairfax County School Board in Virginia have approved a policy on the storage, dispensing, and administration of cannabidiol oil (CBD Oil) and THC-A that aligns with Virginia law that became effective on July 1. This new policy outlines how nurses and school employees can administer cannabidiol oil to kids.

The Code of Virginia (§ 18.2-251.1:1), possession or distribution of cannabidiol oil CBD or THC-A oil in public schools, was authorized by Virginia law effective July 1. Virginia law requires local school boards to adopt a policy in accordance with the new law.

The policy aims to align with current Virginia law which requires school boards to adopt a policy toward potential controversial treatment, despite Hemp CBD products protection under the Farm Bill of 2018. The new policy treats CBD Oil and THC-A products just like any other prescription administered to a child at school.

The regulation says students who may have previously had to leave, or even miss, school if they needed cannabidiol or THC-A oil to be administered can now present forms from their doctors outlining the reason for the medication, when and how often it’s taken and the exact dosage, among other requirements.

The policy also protects school nurses and employees from prosecution for possessing, storing and distributing CBD oil or THC-A.

Students whose parents or guardians have submitted a Medication Authorization Form (SS/SE-63), signed by a licensed medical or osteopathic practitioner may be administered THC-A oil or cannabidiol oil at school by an authorized staff member. Parents or guardians must deliver the required form and oil to the school, which will be administered in accordance with the student’s individualized health plan.

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