School administrators in the northern part of Colorado are telling parents to please take better care of their newly legal leisure marijuana. This is after several fourth grade students were caught selling the drug on their elementary school playground.
John Gates, who is the administrator of safety at the Weld County School District, stated that four students were involved, three boys and a girl, all age 10, attended Greeley’s Monfort Elementary School. They will all face strong discipline with two being suspended but none will be expelled. Gates would not go into any further detail about the students’ punishment.
There was only one single student that confessed to trying the drug and that was a tiny bite of an edible marijuana food item. A following medical exam showed there were no harmful effects done to the child.
The marijuana was apparently legally obtained by adults, the grandparents in two of the students’ families, and there will not be any charges filed. The parents of the students were anxious and planned on working with the school on correction. The reason there will not be charges against the grandparents was due to the request of the school district. Greeley police stated they would not file any charges against the grandparents but instead, they hoped the event would serve as a very important lesson.
Gates stated that a student who had not been involved with the selling told school representatives that a couple of fellow students were dealing marijuana to other students and also a student attempted to trade edible marijuana food products for some of the seller’s marijuana.
Gates also added that something such as the occurrence could never have happened had the adults kept their marijuana secured. He then went on to remind the adults to be sure to take care while having the drug because there is nothing good that is going to come from having 10-year-olds discover it in the home, use it or bring it to school and try and sell it.
In a letter that was sent home to parents from the school authorities, it said that they urged every parent, grandparent and anyone who took care of children to treat marijuana as they would any kind of prescription drug, alcohol or even a firearm. The drug can be deadly for children and needs to always be kept under lock and key, away from kids.
Even though advocates state that marijuana does not need to be treated as some sort of dangerous drug and that by having it be legal to sell will have economic benefits. However the experiment has been a challenge for Colorado so far.
State lawmakers are assessing how to increase the safety guidelines and are dealing with how to plan budgets among concerns marijuana tax collections may be extremely unpredictable.
One parent stated she was scared to take her children back to the school. She exclaimed that she did not want them to go back. She said she was stunned when she first learned about the episode from the note that was sent home from the school. She declared that she did not think she would have to be discussing drugs with her child who is age 6 and is just barely out of Barney.
School administrators in the northern part of Colorado have informed parents to start taking better care of their leisure marijuana, after several fourth grade students were caught selling the drug on their elementary school playground.
By Kimberly Ruble