YORKVILLE – Vendors who sell products that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, may soon be prohibited from selling those products during Yorkville School District 115 parent teacher organization events.
Kristine Liptrot, director of communications and community engagement for Yorkville School District 115, said during a Monday, Feb. 10 partnership with home and community committee meeting that several parent teacher organizations in the district solicit vendors to sell items during their various events as part of fundraising efforts. She said the question has been asked if it would be against district policy to allow the sale of CBD oils or products in district schools or at school-sponsored events.
Liptrot said the school district's attorneys said the sale of CBD oils technically would be permitted currently. She said that CBD products contain less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and are not considered a controlled substance by definition.
"However, the attorneys did also recommend that the board puts into policy that they would not allow the selling of that on school property or associate themselves with that just because the perception of selling items that contain THC … is not something that you may want," Liptrot said.
Liptrot said the board needs to look at adding the policy, whatever that may be, to the student parent handbook for next year. She said staff wanted to bring it to the board’s attention to see how members feel this should be handled.
According to current district policy, medical cannabis infused products including oils, ointments, foods and other products that contain usable cannabis may be administered on school premises or on a school bus by designated caregivers 21 years old and older if the student and caregiver have valid Illinois Department of Public Health registry identification cards; copies of those cards are provided to the district; and the student's parent or guardian completed, signed and submitted a school medication authorization form for medical cannabis. The product must be removed from school premises immediately after administration and smoking or vaping medical cannabis is prohibited.
School board member Dr. Gary Katula, who specializes in family medicine, said there are no studies that show that CBD oil actually does anything to help patients. He also reiterated that district attorneys are advising against it.
“If our lawyer is telling you not to do it and it doesn’t show us to have any good value,why would I allow it?” Katula asked.
Board secretary Ashley Shields and Jason Senffner said during the committee meeting they agreed with Katula's sentiments.
Liptrot said she is requesting the matter to be brought to the next full board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 24, as a topic for discussion to make sure everyone is on the same page. She said she also will have the district's attorney start drafting the policy language.
Once the language is drafted by the attorneys, district staff said, other next steps include that language coming back to committee, the full board voting on whether to display the policy for a month and approving the policy a month later.