Marijuana school project gets OK -- then pulled

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2002

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- School officials are considering whether to yank a 13-year-old's science project because it examines medical uses for marijuana.

The junior high school student was allowed to present her ''Mary Jane for Pain'' project to classmates Thursday, but school officials later confiscated her props -- including a marijuana-laced muffin and a spray bottle of pot-steeped rubbing alcohol. They decided to return the props to the girl's father, Joe Morris, rather than call law enforcement.

Morris said Mission Hill Junior High officials gave initial clearance for the project and should have said something earlier if they objected.

Morris said his daughter became interested in the subject because her aunt is a care-giver for a woman who uses marijuana as a medicine.

School officials haven't yet decided if the girl can display her project next week at a prize competition.

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