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Colorado Deputy: School Resource Officers Will Be Busier if Medical Marijuana Passes in Florida

By: Nancy Smith | Posted: June 19, 2014 3:55 AM
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A discovery of Colorado students as young as 12 with "substantial amounts of marijuana" in their possession has anti-drug organizations sounding alarm bells and calling it "a canary in a coal mine" for Florida.

Cpl. Mike Dillon of the Mesa County (Colorado) sheriff's department confirmed statements he made to Drug Free America Foundation. In a telephone interview Wednesday he told Sunshine State News he caught children not yet in their teens bringing as much as three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana to school, "which is quite a bit of marijuana, especially for a 12-year-old."

Dillon said he was working as a middle school resource officer when he discovered the uptick in student marijuana possession. "Kids were stealing medical marijuana from their parents. I was finding ... more often than not, they had taken it from somebody in their residence and those people didn't even know their kids were taking it."

Colorado voters approved the regulation of medical marijuana in 2000 and limited recreational marijuana -- up to 1 ounce in adults age 21 and over -- effective last Jan. 1.

Asked how certain he was that the "uptick" came from medical and not the newer recreational marijuana, Dillon said in all cases in which he was involved, "parents had a medical prescription for the drug."

Hard numbers as proof aren't easy to come by because generally speaking, school disciplinary statistics don't isolate marijuana from general drug violations. But school resource officers, counselors, nurses, staff and officials with Colorado school safety and disciplinary programs are anecdotally reporting an increase in marijuana-related incidents in middle and high schools.

The best quantifiable evidence in Colorado to date that indicates marijuana is a significantly growing problem in schools comes from a 2012-13 report that documents why 720 students were expelled from public schools across the state. For the first time, marijuana was separated from other drugs when school officials were asked to identify the reason for students' expulsions. Marijuana came in first. It was listed as being a reason for 32 percent of expulsions.

In an interview with the Denver Post, Janelle Krueger, longtime adviser to the Colorado Association of School Resource Officers, said, "We have seen a sharp rise in drug-related disciplinary actions which, anecdotally, from credible sources, is being attributed to the changing social norms surrounding marijuana." Krueger is the program manager for Expelled and At-Risk Student Services for the Colorado Department of Education.

She said school officials believe the jump -- or uptick -- is linked to marijuana's availability and the message legalization sends to kids -- even though 21 is the legal age in the Rocky Mountain State -- that marijuana is a medicine and a safe and accepted recreational activity.

Christine Harms, director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, backs up Krueger's observations. She said school psychologists “are seeing more incidents of kids smoking and thinking it is the safe thing to do.” One doctor who works with adolescents with drug problems reported to Harms that 74 percent of the youth in his marijuana addictions group said they got their marijuana from someone who has a medical marijuana card.

According to the Post, school and law enforcement officials claim "marijuana that parents or other adults might have kept hidden in the past may now be left in the open, where it is easier for kids to dip into it to sell, use or, in some cases, simply to show off."

Grand Junction, Colo., school resource officer Jeff Grady, who has spent 25 years working in schools, told the Post a story about sitting in his car at a park near Grand Junction High School one day watching groups of kids through binoculars because they come to the park to smoke on lunch breaks.

"Kids are smoking before school and during lunch breaks. They come into school reeking of pot," he told the newspaper. "They are being much more brazen." He said they're harder to cite for any offense because now they can say they were around an adult medical marijuana user and weren't smoking themselves.

Calvina Fay, director of the Drug Free America Foundation, sees Colorado's dramatic increase in pre-teen schoolchildren possessing marijuana as a warning to Floridians who will vote on approving medical marijuana in November.

“This is the sad reality that we are seeing in all states that have passed these measures,” said Fay in a written statement. “They use people who suffer with debilitating cancer or other conditions as a Trojan horse to pass these broad measures, and inevitably these powerful pot products end up in kids’ hands.” 

It troubles Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, president of the Florida Sheriff's Association, and other public safety officials that the ballot language Floridians will vote on does not address age in any way. “Amendment 2 is full of loopholes, including no age restrictions, which may allow youth to easily obtain marijuana without parental consent,” Judd has said.

Fay also points to weak state oversight of pot shops, which she believes invites problems. A Florida Department of Health fiscal analysis predicts there will be more than 1,800 pot shops allowed to sell marijuana, but anticipates the hiring of only 13 inspectors to provide oversight statewide. “We are unleashing the Wild West of incredibly potent marijuana and not providing the sheriffs to oversee it,” said Fay. “This is a canary in a coal mine for Florida’s parents and school officials; they need to heed these warnings from Colorado.” 

National policy organization Drug Free America Foundation said in its press release it is working with the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition to educate Floridians on the dangers of marijuana so they can cast an informed vote on Amendment 2 in November.



Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423..
 


Comments (18)

Florida MMTC Institute
4:17PM JUN 27TH 2014
This story is paranoid hysteria. Children who are prescribed the drug most likely will get Charlotte's Web, a strain that does not cause a high, and usage would of course be monitored by the children's parents. Medical marijuana is about...MEDICAL marijuana. If we focus on one issue at a time, creating a fair sense of debate instead of fear-mongering, we could come up with a solution that most can feel comfortable about. Look to Colorado and California as examples of what to do and what can be improved upon. Florida has the opportunity to take the lead on medical marijuana regulation. floridammtc.org
Florida MMTC Institute
4:15PM JUN 27TH 2014
his story is paranoid hysteria. Children who are prescribed the drug most likely will get Charlotte's Web, a strain that does not cause a high, and usage would of course be monitored by the children's parents. Medical marijuana is about...MEDICAL marijuana. If we focus on one issue at a time, creating a fair sense of debate instead of fear-mongering, we could come up with a solution that most can feel comfortable about. Look to Colorado and California as examples of what to do and what can be improved upon. Florida has the opportunity to take the lead on medical marijuana regulation. floridammtc.org
knowa
9:34AM JUN 20TH 2014
I remember back in Baltimore in the late 80's smoking some pot with some friends. One of the people was a girl in her 20's From Holland and she was the most excited to try pot for the first time when she grew up in Holland she said most of her friend had never tried pot before even that it was some what legal she never had any interest the Dutch to her had made marijuana Boring. Its a parent job to parent and there will always be some, who will pick up on bad habits.
We all want sobriety and temperance for our youth and these prohibitionist are finding themselves on the wrong side of history.
They would block the god given right to treat ourselves with a safe and effective plant matter. So of these same people consider them self Christian and they will gladly put sick people in prison.
palmetto65
6:04PM JUN 19TH 2014
I agree wholeheartedly. This article is indeed slanted; I cannot believe that it was allowed to be published. Ms. Smith gives no proof of statements by either of the people mentioned. Every statement is nothing but hearsay. As of this date, there is NO statistical evidence of an "uptick" in marijuana use in the States where medical Marijuana has been legalized. "MEDICAL" being the operative qualifier. There is evidence of DE-creasing crime rates in these states, however.
I'm not sure how the teacher who says she's seen an increase of "stoned kids" in her classroom can come to the conclusion that the drugs to which these kids have access is coming from their parents' supply of medical marijuana since medical marijuana is NOT yet legal in Florida. I would also question just how she knows that marijuana is the drug of choice used by the "stoned kids" in her classroom, unless they are telling her so in the teen court in which she's involved. On the other hand, prescription drugs, which are legal, are easily accessed by kids because far too many "adults" fail to secure their medications.
Sheriff Judd and Ms. Fay are vocal opponents of Amendment 2;both have made rather startling untrue claims that have since been debunked. Why Ms. Smith would write such an article without fact-checking is irresponsible journalism at best. Being a party to disseminating propaganda, based on nothing other than hearsay, used to be called by other names; this particular piece should have appeared in the opinion pages.
I have previously urged people to educate themselves on this issue rather than making blanket statements that have no basis in fact. There are many who have a financial stake at risk if-and hopefully, when- Amendment 2 passes. This MEDICAL issue has been turned into a partisan political game; regrettably, the thousands who would benefit from from legal access to medical marijuana are the very ones who stand to lose the most.
The US government holds the patent on the medical uses of marijuana; their own scientists have written of the myriad conditions in which marijuana has proven efficacious, yet the government continues to place marijuana in the same class of drugs as heroin and morphine; worse, they continue the lie that "marijuana has no medical applications". This is a ludicrous position for this government to take given that they have proof that such classification is false.

As far back as 1988, DEA Administrative Judge Francis Young wrote in his ruling
"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care."






It also lends credibility to my conjectures that this issue is not about relieving chronic pain or alleviating the symptoms of many neurological diseases. The entire backlash has morphed into a campaign for politicians and those who fund them to realize even more profits. Casinos for all? Profits trump pain. Again.
Learning that Sheldon Adelson provided 2.5 million $$ to oppose the legalization of MM in Fl. while a clinic in Israel that is funded by and bears his name is simultaneously publishing positive results of the efficacy of marijuana in many neurological diseases is indeed puzzling. (Sarcasm) As I stated in another post, look to the money and who stands to gain from this-Adelson will support Scott et. al. and in return, he will receive an easier path to establishing yet more casinos in the State. Quid pro Pro, yes?









If you really want to find out how duplicitous our government is, go a little further ; actually research the science on the efficacy of Medical Marijuana. Regardless of what you may think you know, there are no incidences of marijuana use as cause of death from overdose, marijuana is not a "gateway " drug, marijuana is not addictive (although some MAY become psychologically dependent-meaning there are no withdrawal symptoms),and far too many more myths to enumerate. The US GOVERNMENT obtained the patent in 2003 for all medical applications of marijuana-assignee HHS. Their own scientific research showed the following-plus much more. Medical MJ has since been proven to effect remission in several types of cancer, it eases pain and nausea, has an effect on the receptors in the brain that cause seizure activity, can reverse neurological trauma.. and so much more.

US Patent #6630507 "Titled "Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants"

which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The patent claims that "Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants,(sic) for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia."
The patent was obtained in October of 2003
.
Have any even considered all the mind-altering medications,legally prescribed and used by the millions of Americans who are walking around you every day? If one makes blanket statements such as Ms. Fay,Sheriff Judd and friends, the least they-and Ms. Smith, could do is provide some basis in fact. I suppose they must have a picture in their minds of the great unwashed who lie around in the gutters doing nothing but smoking pot-existing only to offend their sense of propriety/morality.
To those who are opposing Amendment 2-have you EVER witnessed someone, who, after undergoing chemo treatment is so nauseated that he vomits blood? Have you EVER volunteered at an AIDS clinic or a hospice-where the ONLY relief these folks can get from unrelenting pain is a puff or 10 from a marijuana joint? Have you EVER watched someone who suffers from Essential Tremor who cannot control the constant myoclonic tremors/jerks of every limb and who can stop the movements with the use of marijuana? Have you EVER attempted to comfort/hold a 3 year old child who is dying because of the hundreds of epileptic seizures he endures with no understanding as to why his parents/doctors can't
fix" him? I won't mention the tribulations that those who suffer from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer's disease or myriad neurological insult must deal with-or the god awful pain and helplessness their loved ones suffer because they have no recourse-because our own government has decreed marijuana has "no medical application" and placed it in the same classification as drugs such as heroin and morphine. The entire argument/stance this government has taken defies rationality, ignores science, exhibits no compassion for those who need it most and exists solely for the profit motives of the corporations of which we are all so very aware. It is permissible to openly carry a lethal weapon on the streets, but medical /palliative care is a crime. What is wrong in this country?
For your own sake, I urge you to educate yourself; I sincerely hope neither you nor anyone you love ever has a need for marijuana. I am a mother and a grandmother. I am neither immature nor immoral. I have 2 post grad degrees, and am kind to animals and (most) people. I do not smoke pot-would that I lived in a State where it was legal to do so-the prescription meds I must take in order to function have taken an unbearable toll on me; but, they're legal, despite the side effects.



How many "legal drugs have the warning labels that admonish "..not to drive, operate heavy machinery, make important decisions, etc.,.. "-that is, of course, if the legal drug itself doesn't kill you or cause irreparable harm ? The entire government stance against marijuana is based on hypocrisy and untruths; the pharmaceutical industry, the oil industry, the DEA, and the DoJ all have a great deal of money and profit tied up in the continuation of these policies. How many government agents-not to mention entire government departments/agencies would be eliminated if this one drug-(and I hesitate to call it such) becomes legal? One would think-ha!-that the citizens of this nation would have learned a vey harsh lesson in the political reality of prohibition many decades ago.
Most of the comments I've read here are not based on fact; rather, the opinions expressed are just that-opinions with no evidence to support them whether for legalization or against.
While everyone is certainly entitled to his/her own views, I would respectively suggest that all-especially the more vociferous and strident voices against legalization/regulation of marijuana-may wish to actually do a bit of research into the subject.
While all have the right to their own opinions, that does not extend to forcing that particular ideology upon anyone else.( And that includes religious ideology too-I couldn't resist that last..)
Sadly, far too many American today believe whatever they're told-by the government, by the media, by their friends... fact and critical thought processes don't enter their minds. Constant repetition of a lie eventually leads to the lie becoming "fact "-the definition of which is known as "brainwashing". And, THAT has led to some gawd-awful "traditions". Water to wine? Alchemy? Witness just how many Americans still believe the outright falsehood that Iraq was the perpetrator of the horrific bombing of the World Trade Centers. Just sayin...Think people. Think-for yourself. Develop your OWN beliefs-instead of merely adopting those of others.

Like others, I sincerely hope that all those 70% who support ( not only Scott's half-measure bill), full legalization of medical marijuana as determined by a Physician (instead of politicians playing doctor), will actually put their words into action and go to the polls and VOTE YES on AMENDMENT 2. Those opposing this bill are using every underhanded tactic they can conceive-the outright lies and mis/dis information emanating from that camp is astounding- as is the sheer amount of dollars suddenly introduced into attempts to defeat the public's wishes.

























































































I agree wholeheartedly with those who also think this article is slanted; I cannot believe that it was allowed to be published as is. Ms. Smith provides no proof; statements by Sheriff Judd and Ms. Fay are but hearsay. Neither of them provides any documentation other than their opinions. As of this date, there is NO statistical evidence of an "uptick" in marijuana use in the States where medical Marijuana has been legalized. "MEDICAL" being the operative qualifier. On the contrary, there is evidence of DE-creasing crime rates in these states.
I'm not sure how the teacher who says she's seen an increase of "stoned kids" in her classroom can come to the conclusion that the drugs to which these kids have access is coming from their parents' supply of medical marijuana since medical marijuana is NOT yet legal in Florida. I would also question just how she knows that marijuana is the drug of choice used by the "stoned kids" in her classroom, unless they are telling her so in the teen court in which she's involved. On the other hand, prescription drugs, which are legal, are easily accessed by kids because far too many "adults" fail to secure their medications.
Sheriff Judd and Ms. Fay are vocal opponents of Amendment 2;both have made rather startling and untrue claims that have since been debunked. Why Ms. Smith would write such an article without fact-checking is irresponsible journalism at best. Being a party to disseminating propaganda, based on nothing other than hearsay, used to be called by other names; this particular piece should have appeared in the opinion pages.
I have previously urged people to educate themselves on this issue rather than making blanket statements that have no basis in fact. There are many who have a financial stake at risk if-and hopefully, when- Amendment 2 passes. This MEDICAL issue has been turned into a partisan political game; regrettably, the thousands who would benefit from from legal access to medical marijuana are the very ones who stand to lose the most.
The US government holds the patent on the medical uses of marijuana; their own scientists have written of the myriad conditions in which marijuana has proven efficacious, yet the government continues to place marijuana in the same class of drugs as heroin and morphine; worse, they continue the lie that "marijuana has no medical applications". This is a ludicrous position for this government to take given that they have proof that such classification is false.

As far back as 1988, DEA Administrative Judge Francis Young wrote in his ruling
"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care."






It also lends credibility to my conjectures that this issue is not about relieving chronic pain or alleviating the symptoms of many neurological diseases. The entire backlash has morphed into a campaign for politicians and those who fund them to realize even more profits. Casinos for all? Profits trump pain. Again.
Learning that Sheldon Adelson provided 2.5 million $$ to oppose the legalization of MM in Fl. while a clinic in Israel that is funded by and bears his name is simultaneously publishing positive results of the efficacy of marijuana in many neurological diseases is indeed puzzling. (Sarcasm) As I stated in another post, look to the money and who stands to gain from this-Adelson will support Scott et. al. and in return, he will receive an easier path to establishing yet more casinos in the State. Quid pro Pro, yes?









If you really want to find out how duplicitous our government is, go a little further ; actually research the science on the efficacy of Medical Marijuana. Regardless of what you may think you know, there are no incidences of marijuana use as cause of death from overdose, marijuana is not a "gateway " drug, marijuana is not addictive (although some MAY become psychologically dependent-meaning there are no withdrawal symptoms),and far too many more myths to enumerate. The US GOVERNMENT obtained the patent in 2003 for all medical applications of marijuana-assignee HHS. Their own scientific research showed the following-plus much more. Medical MJ has since been proven to effect remission in several types of cancer, it eases pain and nausea, has an effect on the receptors in the brain that cause seizure activity, can reverse neurological trauma.. and so much more.

US Patent #6630507 "Titled "Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants"

which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The patent claims that "Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants,(sic) for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia."
The patent was obtained in October of 2003
.
Have any even considered all the mind-altering medications,legally prescribed and used by the millions of Americans who are walking around you every day? If one makes blanket statements such as Ms. Fay,Sheriff Judd and friends, the least they-and Ms. Smith, could do is provide some basis in fact. I suppose they must have a picture in their minds of the great unwashed who lie around in the gutters doing nothing but smoking pot-existing only to offend their sense of propriety/morality. People should be more concerned about the increasing numbers of children who are obese and prone to diabetes. They should worry more about the number of teens-and pre-teens-who are drinking their parents' alcohol-or having a friend buy it for them.
To those who are opposing Amendment 2-have you EVER witnessed someone, who, after undergoing chemo treatment is so nauseated that he vomits blood? I have. Have you EVER volunteered at an AIDS clinic or a hospice-where the ONLY relief these folks can get from unrelenting pain is a puff or 10 from a marijuana joint? I have. Have you EVER watched someone who suffers from Essential Tremor who cannot control the constant myoclonic tremors/jerks of every limb and who can stop the movements with the use of marijuana? I have. Have you EVER attempted to comfort/hold a 3 year old child who is dying because of the hundreds of epileptic seizures he endures with no understanding as to why his parents/doctors can't
fix" him? I won't mention the tribulations that those who suffer from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer's disease or myriad neurological insult must deal with-or the god awful pain and helplessness their loved ones suffer because they have no recourse-because our own government has decreed marijuana has "no medical application" and placed it in the same classification as drugs such as heroin and morphine. In many situations, the dosages of morphine ,especially for cancer patients, have been titrated to the max and offer no respite from unimaginable pain. The entire argument/stance this government has taken defies rationality, ignores science, exhibits no compassion for those who need it most and exists solely for the profit motives of the corporations of which we are all so very aware. It is permissible to openly carry a lethal weapon on the streets, but medical /palliative care is a crime. What is wrong in this country?
For your own sake, I urge you to educate yourself; I sincerely hope neither you nor anyone you love ever has a need for marijuana. I am a mother and a grandmother. I am neither immature nor immoral. I have 2 post grad degrees, and am kind to animals and (most) people. I do not smoke pot-would that I lived in a State where it was legal to do so-the prescription meds I must take in order to function have taken an unbearable toll on me; but, they're legal, despite the side effects.



How many legal drugs have the warning labels that admonish "..not to drive, operate heavy machinery, make important decisions, etc.,.. "-that is, of course, if the legal drug itself doesn't kill you or cause irreparable harm ? The entire government stance against marijuana is based on hypocrisy and untruths; the pharmaceutical industry, the oil industry, the prison industry, the drug-testing facilities,the DEA, the DoJ and others all have a great deal of money and profit tied up in the continuation of these policies. How many government agents-not to mention entire government departments/agencies would be eliminated if this one drug-(and I hesitate to call it such) becomes legal? One would think-ha!-that the citizens (and politicians) of this nation would have learned a very harsh lesson in the political reality of prohibition many decades ago.
Most of the comments I've read here are not based on fact; rather, the opinions expressed are just that-opinions with no evidence to support them whether for legalization or against.
While everyone is certainly entitled to his/her own views, I would respectively suggest that all-especially the more vociferous and strident voices against legalization/regulation of marijuana-may wish to actually do a bit of research into the subject.
While all have the right to their own opinions, that does not extend to forcing that particular ideology upon anyone else.( And that includes religious ideology too-I couldn't resist that last..)
Sadly, far too many American today believe whatever they're told-by the government, by the media, by their friends... fact and critical thought processes don't enter their minds. Constant repetition of a lie eventually leads to the lie becoming "fact "-the definition of which is known as "brainwashing". And, THAT has led to some gawd-awful "traditions". Water to wine? Alchemy? Witness just how many Americans still believe the outright falsehood that Iraq was the perpetrator of the horrific bombing of the World Trade Centers. Just sayin...Think people. Think-for yourself. Develop your OWN beliefs-instead of merely adopting those of others.

Like others, I sincerely hope that all those 70% who support ( not only Scott's half-measure bill), full legalization of medical marijuana as determined by a Physician (instead of politicians playing doctor), will actually put their words into action and go to the polls and VOTE YES on AMENDMENT 2. Those opposing this bill are using every underhanded tactic they can conceive-the outright lies and mis/dis information emanating from that camp is astounding- as is the sheer amount of dollars suddenly introduced into attempts to defeat the public's wishes. Politics is the driver of the current campaign against legalization of medical marijuana; those who stand to gain the most are using propaganda, innuendo, and false information to spread fear. What began as a promise of hope for another tool in the war against pain(and even life for some) has been turned into a pawn for political power. Greed seems to overshadow compassion, especially in an election year.
Denver School Teacher
6:29PM JUN 19TH 2014
Palmetto65 whoever you are, you are writing reams of rubbish here so discourage other readers from writing another point of view. The author of this story interviewed a school resource officer, linked a story quoting another resource officer and also talked to me. She did her homework. You may not be a parent or a teacher, Palmetto65, so you wouldn't understand that not all of us want to see our children and students treating any intoxicant as if it's normal and natural for our youngsters or in a school setting. I am glad to see this story get out.
Diane
9:27PM JUN 19TH 2014
Dear Denver School Teacher,
Let me assure you that we Florida crackers don’t let our brethren who pontificate on matters of public importance discourage the rest of us from saying our piece. Furthermore, we treat our long-winded brethren with the same respect we treat Denver school teachers. We don’t refer to them as “whoever you are” because whoever they may be, they have a desire to add to the public discourse offered by this news site.
I am not sure why you think one has to be a teacher or parent to understand the effects of “illegal” marijuana on children. I would hope that you, as a teacher, have the common sense to see the difference between controlling use of illegal marijuana by children vice providing medical treatment that can relieve pain and suffering from patients in extreme conditions, including epileptic children. There is nothing, nada, in the proposed Florida constitutional amendment (maybe you should read it) that implies in any way that “intoxicant[s] are normal and natural for children in school settings” or otherwise. BTW, we have school resource officers in Florida too, but I think I would rely on experts with real evidence.
Florida Cracker
4:12PM JUN 20TH 2014
Right on Diane! Denver School Teacher needs to realize the difference between a legal need and use for a medication and the abuse of that medication. No one in Florida is advocating illegal use of medical marijuana for recreational purposes...especially for children! Like all medications it should be locked up and kept out of reach of those for whom it is not prescribed. Colorado nullified that idea by making recreational use legal. I suppose she would rally for the elimination of heart meds and insulin if kids were stealing those meds and illegally using them. It is about RESPONSIBILITY parents have for their own children. From her self-exalted rhetoric and dismissive, narcissistic lecture to a fellow Floridian I feel Denver School Teacher is an NEA or AFT Union member who feels it is her responsibility to impose Union ideals in child rearing. It does not take a village to raise a child, it takes a mom and a dad who the child has a close relationship toward. Denver School Teacher has let that mile-high thin air in Denver affect her mental capacities, or perhaps she's partaking in Colorado's 'recreational' side of that law... Glad she's not teaching my kids!
Yep
2:48PM JUN 19TH 2014
More propaganda from the right,,,,just outright liars,,,
Diane
11:59AM JUN 19TH 2014
This article is so full of holes you can’t believe any of it. They are going after medical marijuana but it is the illegal sale of the real stuff that more kids are into at higher levels across country. Medical marijuana was approved in Colorado in 2000, but now all of a sudden there is an “up-tick” in kids stealing it from their parents? The officer says it’s because parents are now leaving it exposed because of the new recreational use law. That just doesn’t make sense. The “evidence” supporting the claim of an uptick is a 2012-13 report of the number of kids expelled (yeah, put those kids on the streets so they have more time to buy drugs), that for the first time separated marijuana from other drugs, and marijuana came in first. Well maybe it came in first for every other year of the report. You would have to have past data for comparison to make their claim. The article describes kids’ marijuana activity that has been going on for decades when it was all illegal, as if these activities are something new. The anti-marijuana Polk County Sheriff says because Amendment 2 does not have age restrictions, this will allow youth to get it without parental consent. That is just plain illogical. First of all, the Amendment is to help children as well as adults. Second, a physician is not going to give a prescription to a minor without parental consent, no more than she would take out the kid's tonsils w/o parental consent. I wonder if the anti-Medical Marijuana Amendment people are aware the Fla legislature just passed a Medical Marijuana bill proposed by two very conservative members. Their initial bill limited it to use by children but I heard that was changed.
HempStaff
10:57AM JUN 19TH 2014
Vote Yes on #2! Don't let these unfounded scare tactics persuade you. Teens will get pot if it's legal or not, it's everywhere ....
Mark
7:28AM JUN 19TH 2014
Beth,

Your concerns would be valid if medical marijuana would get you "stoned", however, medical marijuana simply tempers pain and discomfort without the benefits of being high. Unfortunately, I have tried it (a sample from my deceased father who was in California at the time) and it's effect on me was quite different than the effect I had when I was much, much younger. Many of the states that have legalized marijuana have legalized ALL marijuana and not just the medical brands. There's quite a big difference between both and I encourage people to read up on the subject before voting something down while being uninformed on the matter. PLEASE, read up on the medical brands and the good it truly does for children, as well as our seniors.
Dean
8:35AM JUN 19TH 2014
The current Medical Marijuana is the low THC high CBD varient that does not provide a "high", which has limited medical use. Amendment 2 would legalize all varieties, including those that make a person high. It is very useful for relief of pain and has many other medical uses as the combination of CBD and THC are required to fully act on the body.
Beth
6:56AM JUN 19TH 2014
Dean, I am not sure about this, but I will say I am a high school teacher in the north Tampa area, and marijuana is a huge problem for kids. They come to school stoned; apathy then occurs, and they fail, and apathy occurs again. I am seeing a cycle. I am not necessarily opposed to medical "anything," but kids are getting hold of this, and it IS a problem. I also work with teen court, and many cases involve marijuana. Yes, kids can get this on the street...probably the locker next to theirs, but maybe we need to at least consider what is being said by Colorado. They are farther down the path than we are in Florida. I am not one of the "anti-marijuana" people you referenced; I am an area educator who is concerned about what is happening to our Florida kids; they are in my high school classroom, and I want them to succeed and be the best they can be.
Dean
8:29AM JUN 19TH 2014
While I understand your concern, they are misplaced in my belief. You are seeing a problem? Yet Medical Marijuana is not in effect. Those kids are buying from a neighborhood dealer. Medical Marijuana will be sold in shops that will check ID and perscription. That limits the chances to get it from those locations. Will there be those who ignore the law? Of course, same as tobacco and alcohol. And like those who deliver tobacco and alcohol to minors, they will face prosecution. The best way to limit sales to minors is to remove the neighborhood dealer. Not to deny a valid medical use. I hope you will give this important issue serious thought. As well, I thank you for your service as an Educator.
Dean
5:16AM JUN 19TH 2014
More hype and lies from the anti-medical marijuana folks. As if kids have not and can not get marijuana from almost any street dealer. Any bold statements of what the regulations will look like before they are even written is a desperate lie to protect the status quo. When a thinking adult looks at how restrictive the current medical marijuana law is and then is forced by these folks to believe that suddenly our elected reps will then not regulate the new medical marijuana market. Desperate lies shows a typical partisan political belief that anything is OK if it supports your position. Shame on you Ms Smith for writing such an slanted piece. Why would you allow such propaganda?
Yep
2:50PM JUN 19TH 2014
She has no shame ,only an agenda,,,,
Laura Joan Foster
10:33PM JUN 19TH 2014
You don't know what you are talking about. What agenda? Nancy Smith has been promoting medical marijuana through the Legislature's Charlotte's Web bill from the beginning, even though many of us begged her to leave it alone!
Dean
10:06PM JUN 20TH 2014
While I have a lot of respect for Ms Smith and have even had a really great conversation. Bottom line, while I do not always agree with her, I respect her and usually keep my mouth shut when I disagree. I also agree that of all the writers on SSN she has made a real attempt to present the case for MM in a fair and open manner, despite the nasayers, of which you are probably 1. Why should she ignore such an important Amendment for this state and the thousands of patients Amendment 2 will benefit and the millions of tax revenues and at least hundreds of jobs (unlike the 18K jobs Scott lost) that will be created. Done properly it will be a win-win for Florida Nd Floridians. BUT! This piece is obvious propaganda, filled with lies and hysteria. A single bogus piece can destroy a good journalists reputation, and in my book, Ms Smith did serious damage to her reputation. Where was the critical thinking, the sharp questions of obvious bs, lies and partisan politics? You are correct to defend Ms Smith, but there is no defense for this piece of propaganda. Period!

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