COLORADO - Cannabis dealing has come to a school playground in Colorado where the recreational use of marijuana has been legal since the beginning of the year. A 10-year-old boy was reported for selling a bag of marijuana to three other children for $11 (£6.80).
To make matters worse one of the pupils, who did not have the ready cash, honoured the debt the following day with a marijuana-laced bar of chocolate. In both cases the cannabis had been taken from the children’s grandparents.
With marijuana being legal the authorities in Greeley, Colorado have been unable to prosecute anyone for the But it has alarmed parents at the school.
“I didn’t think I would have to have a drug conversation with my six year old,” one parent said.
Jennifer Sheldon, the principal of Montfort Elementary School, where the drug dealing took place, has sent a letter to parents asking them to be vigilant.
"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."
Earlier this week John Hickenlooper, the Democrat who is seeking re-election as Colorado’s governor described the decision to legalise cannabis, following a referendum, was reckless.
Since then Washington State has also legalised recreational use of the drug and moves to follow suit are under way in Alaska, Washington DC and parts of Maine.playground transactions, even though the children have been disciplined.
The Telegraph/Oct. 11, 2014