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#1 Hum

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 21:53

Legalized marijuana has found its way into playground commerce, leading to a group of Greeley, Colorado, fourth-graders being disciplined for selling and trading pot.

The incident began when a boy sold a bag of marijuana to three classmates for $11 on Monday. The 10-year-old had taken the pot from his grandparents, school spokeswoman Teresa Myers said.

One of the three children purchasing the pot, also 10, couldn't pay his portion, so they struck a deal. The next day, that child returned with a marijuana-laced candy bar he had also taken from a grandparent to trade for the pot, Myers said.

Another child witnessed the transaction and saw one of the kids take a bite of the candy bar, she said. The witness reported it to an adult.

Marijuana has been legal for recreational use since January 1, so the grandparents involved haven't broken state law, said John Gates, the school district's safety director.

But he doesn't feel they're without blame. They're guilty, at the least, of irresponsibility "for not securing their weed," Gates said.

"If the marijuana hadn't been accessible, this wouldn't have happened," he said.

In a letter that went home with students, Monfort Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sheldon emphasized the new responsibilities that Colorado parents face with the legalization of marijuana.

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#2 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 21:54

Why am I not surprised?

 

(My son goes to the same high school I went to, and he told me about kids there bragging about similar events, this isn't limited to the US)



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 22:03

There are repercussions for laws that teeter that invisible line. I am not surprised and as marijuana becomes more mainstream, it will find itself in the hands of children a lot easier.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 22:25

Another child witnessed the transaction and saw one of the kids take a bite of the candy bar, she said. The witness reported it to an adult.
 

 

 

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 22:27

That's crazy, but not that surprising.  When I was in elementary even up to 5th grade if someone cussed there would be an orchestra of kids saying "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"  Earliest I can think of someone getting into trouble for pot at school was a 6th grader (middle school) who was selling individual joints got into all kinds of trouble.

 

There are repercussions for laws that teeter that invisible line. I am not surprised and as marijuana becomes more mainstream, it will find itself in the hands of children a lot easier.

 

At least when I was in high school, marijuana was more readily accessible than alcohol was.  It was cheaper and there was less risk involved in obtaining it.  I'm not sure if legalizing it will make it more abundant than before legalization or not (it is pretty abundant no matter where you go legal or illegal)... if anything it probably has just made it so adults don't feel as high of pressure to keep it a secret from their kids who are in DARE programs at school.  School DARE programs were essentially there to try and get kids to narc on their parents.



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 22:59

There are repercussions for laws that teeter that invisible line. I am not surprised and as marijuana becomes more mainstream, it will find itself in the hands of children a lot easier.

 

 

 

From grade school to high school, for me back in the 80/90's, pot was all around. And like in this story, it often found it's way from other kids who got it from their parents, siblings, ect.. Marijuana has always been one of the most easiest drugs to get, just like prescription meds are now. 



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 23:08

Either that, or they would be drinking.  Kids are going to get in to whatever is left unsupervised....or if they are left unsupervised. 



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 23:11

Pot was always easier for me in High School because pot dealers don't ask for ID. Alcohol and cigarettes were things that you had to get someone older to buy for you (and hope they wouldn't rip you off or demand something too expensive as compensation for helping you out).



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 23:16

keep that revenue coming in....Colorado has plenty of printed 'try and be more responsible' letters to send home. :laugh:



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 23:17

Good for them. Teaches them Economics at a young age :)



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 23:19

a bag of weed for $11? .... shut up and take my money!!



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 23:44

a bag of weed for $11? .... shut up and take my money!!

 

 

Unless it's a dime bag, then the kid is a good little entrepreneur.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:49

Better than the hydro's freely available when I was in highschool/middle school