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CBD In School? Cleveland Parents Want Cannabidiol For Students

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
Timothy J. Gonzalez
Associated Press
Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.

Parents from the Cleveland area are making an unusual request: They want the Cleveland School District to administer CBD oil to their children during school.

The district has sought counsel from attorney Peter Zawadski. He says three families have made the request so far claiming that CBD oil helps their children with anxiety, stress, and ADHD.

“Parents have presented it as a homeopathic remedy to ADHD type symptoms or behaviors,” Zawadski says. “So, instead of using Ritalin or Adderall, a parent would suggest that the school district just administer the CBD oil instead.”

Cannabidiol, which is derived from hemp, does not contain THC, which is the main psychoactive component of marijuana.

Because of Ohio’s medical marijuana Law, Zawadski is advising the schools not to administer the treatment.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board has ruled that since CBD oil is derived from hemp, it must be dispensed by facilities that have been licensed by the state's Medical Marijuana Program.

Because the state is not yet enforcing its ruling, however, many health stores continue to sell CBD products over-the-counter.

A state-approved physician must approve a prescription for any patients who want CBD products. Due to delays in Ohio’s program, there are no operational facilities able to sell CBD. Medical marijuana isn't expected on dispensary shelves until at least the end of the year.

Tia is a senior journalism major at Kent State University with experience in broadcast, print, visual and digital journalism. Tia works as a member of Kent State student media's TV2 and is an ambassador for the College of Communication and Information.