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Medical marijuana may be allowed in some Connecticut schools

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut educators said Thursday they may soon allow children to use medical marijuana in school.

Waterbury schools may be one of many making the change. But for now, the decision has yet to be made.

"My greatest concern right now is we need more guidelines from the state of Connecticut," said Robert Brenker, personnel director for Waterbury schools.

He said he's not sure if school nurses will be administering the marijuana.

Under a new law, privacy protection doesn't allow the school to accuse a student of being high.

However, school staff can ask for proof of a doctor's note.

"We have to actively engage with the to see how this can be done under the current law if not there may have to be changes," said Brenker.

The commissioner for the department of consumer protection said they will work with schools to help administrations adjust to the new policies.

Medical marijuana was legalized in the state back in 2012.

Nearly 13,000 residents throughout Connecticut receive prescriptions for the drug.

Administrators said they are wandering into new territory.

"Do we administer this as if it were aspirin? Is it the same? Our understanding is it's not to be used on campus, but we just don't know," said Brenker.

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