Public school teachers and officials in Colorado say they are immensely concerned that large numbers of students are using lots of marijuana now that the drug is legal across the state.
The growing problem of dazed and confused students was a widely discussed issue among the 350 or so school officials, teachers and law enforcement officials who gathered at a Safe Schools Summit conference this week in Thornton, Colo., The Denver Post reports.
The Colorado School Safety Resource Center, the conference sponsor, specifically scheduled a panel on how marijuana legalization is affecting schools because many attendees had specifically requested it.
“It’s the No. 1 problem in schools right now,” Lynn Riemer, president of ACT on Drugs, told the Post.
“We got sold that marijuana legalization was going to positively impact our schools,” Christine Harms, director of the resource center, added. “And there is the school infrastructure aspect, but we’re not seeing tremendous changes with marijuana prevention programs, and our students are paying the price.”
The hour-long presentation by a lawyer from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office covered drug possession law as it relates to students as well as interesting trends in drug paraphernalia and marijuana edibles.
Teachers and administrators took careful notes, possibly in the hope of using their newfound knowledge to bust kids.
“It’s like they’re disguising alcohol as Kool-Aid and marketing it to kids,” Jeff Whitmore, a school transportation official in southwestern Colorado, told the newspaper. “These edibles are cookies and gummy bears, and they’re filled with high amounts of THC.”
Whitmore also suggested that some parents are to blame for the spike in student pot usage.
“Kids see their parents smoking it and see it marketed everywhere, and they think it’s normal and OK for them to do,” he told the Post.
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