Can I Bring CBD Gummies to School?
CBD gummies are a trending, edible CBD product that looks like the gummy candies you begged your mom for as a child. They're bright and colorful, and some of them are even shaped like gummy bears. Unlike the candy of your childhood, CBD gummies are the subject of many laws and rules due to the cannabinoids that they contain. Whether you can purchase CBD gummies and bring them to school depends on your state's laws and your school's rules.
What Is CBD?
CBD gummies contain cannabinoids which come from a type of cannabis plant called a hemp plant. There are many kinds of cannabinoids, the most commonly known are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp plants produce high levels of cannabidiol and low THC levels. Cannabidiol is the cannabinoid used in CBD gummies.
The CBD oil used in gummies has been found to have both physical and mental health benefits. People around the country are using CBD to ease their pain and anxiety. CBD is even found in an FDA-approved prescription drug called Epidiolex, which is used to treat types of epilepsy. While you may need a prescription from your doctor to obtain medical marijuana, certain types of CBD products are legal in many states and can be purchased in stores or online. Products like CBD gummies also have the benefit of lacking the smoke, odor, and high THC levels associated with marijuana use.
A CBD gummy is not the same as a THC gummy. A CBD gummy does not have the same euphoric or "high" effect as THC. However, that is not to say that CDB has no effect at all. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that CBD can cause drowsiness, diarrhea, and irritability.
Are CBD Gummies Legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill paved a path of legality for hemp under federal law. Many states now have laws making various CBD products legal. State laws on CBD vary significantly across the country. For example, even in states that allow the sale of hemp products and CBD, you may have to be 21 or older before you are able to buy them legally. Before buying CBD gummies, you should review your state's laws on CBD and make sure that what you are purchasing is legal in your state. If your state's laws on CBD confuse you, you should contact an attorney for legal counsel before making any purchases.
Can I Bring My CBD Gummies to School?
If you have CBD gummies that are legal in your state and are wondering whether you can bring them to school, the answer depends on your school's rules. If you want to bring your CBD gummies to a private or public school, on your school bus, or any other school property, your ability to do so depends on your school district's rules and policies. Just because something is legal in your state doesn't mean you can bring it to school. A wide range of perfectly legal objects have been banned from schools over the years:
- NPR reported on a school in California that banned Flaming Hot Cheetos.
- Fox News covered the drama surrounding a Massachusetts school's banning of yoga pants.
- The Dallas Morning News reported that a school in Mesquite Texas banned skinny jeans.
Before you put a bag of CBD gummies in your backpack, make sure your school doesn't have any rules banning CBD products from the premises!
- Is Cannabis Oil Legal? (FindLaw's Learn About the Law)
- Is CBD Legal? (FindLaw's Learn About the Law)
- School Searches and Student Rights (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life blog)
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