Playground pot trade lands fourth-graders in hot water

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By Shawn Nottingham (CNN) — 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 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 of some personal responsibility for not securing their weed.” Gates said. “If the marijuana hadn’t been accessible, this wouldn’t have happened.”

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.

“We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol or even firearms,” the letter said. “This drug is potentially lethal to children, and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.”

The children involved will be disciplined but not expelled.

“We aren’t trying to harm fourth-grade students who made a bad choice,” she said. “This is an adult problem.”

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  • Jon

    They kick a kid out of school for bringing in a 1 inch GI Joe plastic gun but not for selling pot. Great country this is. Thank you, you liberal idiots!

  • brittny gill

    Its not entirely the adults fault, its the childs fault as well for not keeping his hand to his self, something i have known teachers to tell children all the time.

  • Brian

    The kids wasn’t just trying pot. First he stole it then he sells it. He may be in 4th grade but he knows a lot more than the school give him credit for. His parents are legally responsible for the child and his actions. Where are the intending to distribute charges on his parents. When are these kids going to learn that there are consequences for there actions? 1 consequence would be for the parents to be charged and the kid not being able to sit comfortably for about a week.

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