'Colorado is Headed Down the Tubes'

Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 1:27 AM

John Denver used to sing about a CO Rocky Mountain high, but he nearly certainly never imagined that someday that theme would apply to America’s innocent school kids.

'Colorado is Headed Down the Tubes'

The state of CO seems to be going to pot — literally.

John Denver used to sing about a CO Rocky Mountain high, but he nearly certainly never imagined that someday that theme would apply to America’s innocent school kids.

In a CO State House committee meeting on Monday, patient advocates will be pushing for the utilize of medical marijuana, in the form of edible pot, in their state’s public schools. In the Centennial State, this decision is left to individual school districts — and number school district currently allows it.

So advocates will be pushing tough to create CO connect New Jersey — the Garden State — as the second state in the country to authorize medical marijuana in schools.

CO had recreational and medical marijuana sales of $996 million in two thousand-fifteenth, according to The Cannabist. The state also collected more than $135 million in taxes and fees, and ironically, more than $35 million is earmarked for school construction projects.

There are several obvious problems with medical marijuana on school grounds — for one, making sure that the patient is the only person who's access to the drug. Secondly, having a school nurse administer medical edible pot when that same school employee is responsible by law for reporting any usage of that same substance is nonsensical. Confusion and opaqueness reign in this debate.

The fight against marijuana in schools isn't without concern for any and all students dealing with medical issues, but about the safety and well-being of all students. "School boards don't lack compassion for students that benefit from medical marijuana," Jane Urschel, a member of the CO Organization of School Boards, told the Associated Press. "How do you start to deal with those difficulties in different venues?"

The federal government, anxious to involve itself in progressive issues love LGBT rights in public schools, backs off when it comes to marijuana in or close schools, pushing it back on individual states.

"Marijuana use, cultivation and possession stay illegal below federal law," states Pillsburylaw. com. "However, in response to several states’ legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, the DOJ has relaxed its policy on federal prosecution of marijuana crimes."

"Poor elderly Colorado; if their schools authorize edible marijuana on school grounds, they're simply out of their gourds," said Carla Lowe, the founder of CALM, Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana.

Lowe has been fighting legalized pot in her residence state of CA and the rest of the U. S. for forty years. "'If we could just obtain it accepted as a medicine’ has long been the plea — but that's always been a ruddy herring," said Lowe. "The potency of the drug has been increasing right alongside the movement to legalize it."

Lowe is concerned with the uptick of THC in the product, as well as its long-term effects.

"The problem is that cannabis is a complex drug," she told LifeZette. "There are over four hundred chemicals in it. THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, is fat-soluble, so it leaves the bloodstream very quickly. But it then circulates the body until it finds a fatty organ, where it begins to very slowly crack down. The brain and the sex organs are the fattiest organs, so they're natural repositories for THC. It takes twenty-five years for the human brain to be fully developed. Kids are smoking pot, and it'south affecting their developing brains."

Lowe says the rise in potency is startling. When she began fighting legalizing pot in CA years ago, the level of THC in the product was about one-half to one percent. Now, she says, the potency of Str pot in CA is eighteen to twenty-four percent THC.

LifeZette asked Lowe to weigh in on another pot issue some states are facing — the proximity of pot shops to public schools.

More than two dozen schools in Denver are presently closer than 1.000 feet to shops selling medical or recreational marijuana, as the Denver Post has reported.

This has some city council members worried.

"We are making this appealing to kids and youthful people," Gina Carbone, a founder of Bright Colorado, which advocates protections for kids against pot, told the Post. "The city should do all it can to hold this far from kids."

Of Colorado’s proximity quagmire, Lowe said, "It was well-documented that there were more pot shops than Starbucks in California, and CO is heading the same way, it seems," she said. "This is just unconscionable. The problem with the pot shops is that anyone can go in and purchase a bag of weed for any reason. Then they sell it to the kids; they slice it and sell it to the kids who are literally [a few] feet far from them."

In the face of all logic, Denver Public Schools recently moved two northwestern city schools, the Contemporary Learning School and the Denver Justice High School, within near proximity to four marijuana shops.

Justice High School is a charter school for troubled students.

"We tried to discover something that's both in the right location where the necessity is," said David Suppes, the district’s chief operating officer, "but also in a location that we think would be a excellent space for kids to learn."

A Denver parent who requested anonymity told LifeZette, "Colorado is headed down the tubes, as distant as I’m concerned. Our state and its schools seem more concerned with these new businesses — and the tax dollars they bring — feeling comfortable in our state than it does with our kids’ futures. And the mood is, ‘It’s not harmful; it’s just pot.’"

Said Lowe of the country’s acceptance of pot, "We are looking at a diminished generation, a diminished future, and a diminished America."

Her grouping will fight on, she said.

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