Colorado considering making non-smokable pot legal in schools

May 9, 2016 6:26 PM by News Staff

This week, Colorado’s governor is expected to review a bill that would mean some students could use marijuana in schools. It would require them to allow non-smokable marijuana medicines, things like oils and pills, as long as the drug is administered by a parent or guardian.

Colorado was the first state in the country where recreational pot was available for sale, which means you can find it in hundreds of stores around the state.

The students are seventh graders.

And this is the first pot-focused education course in Colorado created by school counselor Molly Lotz and teacher Sarah Grippa.

Its message to the kids that pot can damage your still-developing brain is critical, says Grippa.

For over than 30 years, this has been the message to kids about drugs, advertising campaigns and programs like DARE preached the dangers of marijuana and other drugs.

But in Colorado just saying "no" is no good. Pot is now legal for recreational use by adults and prescribed by doctors as a medicine even for kids.

Which leaves Colorado students surrounded by mixed messages.

“We still do have a couple parents here and there that aren't think it's a little too early to start havin' the conversation

But oak ridge superintendent Darci Mohr says this is when kids are starting to experiment.

“Between fifth and sixth grade is when we're startin' to see that kids are actually talking about it,” Mohr said.

“You cannot teach kids at too early an age,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenloop said. “We see hospital visits, a lot of the edibles that we're having troubles with hospital visits are very young kids.”

High times can mean confusing new times for young people and these teachers hope knowledge will be a kid's best defense.


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