Teen Boy Behind Colorado Medical Pot Law Dies

August 26, 2016

A 15-year-old Colorado boy who helped bring about a law requiring schools to permit a student's use of medical marijuana has died.

The Denver Post reports that Jack Splitt's mother, Stacey Linn, says the boy struggled with cerebral palsy that caused him debilitating muscle contractions. She says the pain worsened and he died Wednesday. He had just started school at Wheat Ridge High School last week.

The teen was the inspiration for "Jack's Law," which took effect in June.

The law gives Colorado school districts the authority to write policies for how and where students can receive medical marijuana treatments on campus. If districts choose not to create such policies, parents and caregivers have no limitations on where they can administer the treatment.

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