EDITORIAL: Pot officially a crisis in school
By: The Gazette editorial
Updated: October 18, 2015 at 11:32 am
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Pot legalization is a disaster for Colorado children and schools. Listen to the experts who live it every day.
The crisis of pot-infested schools was identified by Colorado educators last week as the No. 1 issue they face. They shared their concerns and frustrations as more than 350 school officials, first responders and school mental health professionals met Wednesday and Thursday in Thornton for the Colorado School Safety Resource Center’s Safe Schools Summit.
“We got sold that marijuana legalization was going to positively impact our schools,” said Christine Harms, director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, as quoted in The Denver Post. “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.”
Assistant state’s Attorney General Michael Song told school faculty of the shifting attitudes young people have in favor of marijuana. The risk-reward ratio favors risk more than it did before passage of Amendment 64, which legalized pot for adults. Educators complained of parents who smoke and consume marijuana with kids.
“There’s a shift in culture,” said Jeff Whitmore, director of transportation for Bayfield School District in southwestern Colorado. “Kids see their parents smoking it and see it marketed everywhere, and they think it’s normal and OK for them to do.”