Colorado schools under “siege” from marijuana

What if you could listen in on a group of high school marijuana users talking about medical marijuana? And what if you could find out from every elementary, middle and high school in Colorado whether there are more drugs in school since medical marijuana exploded across the state?

Dispensaries near schools

A young man walks along Colfax Avenue past a sign advertising "premium medical marijuana" at nearby Serenity Moon Wellness Center in Denver.

And what if, with the click of a mouse, you could find out how many medical marijuana dispensaries were near the schools you care about?
With the I-News Network, you can do all this.
I-News and two network partners – Education News Colorado and Health Policy Solutions – have analyzed several sets of data and interviewed dozens of school and district officials, healthcare workers and, yes, students across the state to help show you what's happening with schools and marijuana.
What we found is alarming:

  • Drug incidents in schools are up dramatically, even while suspensions for other reasons have dropped.
  • Students say medical marijuana is relatively easy to get and they prefer it for interesting reasons.
  • Suburban and rural districts, and even elementary students, are not immune.

You can get this in-depth information here. But you can also find it among our many media partners throughout Colorado.
In January, the U.S. Justice Department gave some medical marijuana facilities until Feb. 27 to move out of the federal drug-free zones set within 1,000 feet of all schools. The U.S. Attorney says more warnings are coming.
And more coverage of this issue is coming, too, from I-News and its partners.
We’d like to hear what questions you want answered. Feel free to post them below, or send a direct email to us.

10 thoughts on “Colorado schools under “siege” from marijuana

  1. In addition to the many societal costs of prohibition, it has a long history of driving the spread of harder or more dangerous drugs.

    * Poppies to morphine to heroine to krokodil

    * Coca to cocaine to crack

    * Ephedra to ephedrine to speed to methamphetamine

    * Marijuana to skunk to dangerous synthetic concoctions such as ‘spice’ or ‘bath salts’

    * Mushrooms to ecstasy to 2CB/designers

    At every step the reasons for the rise in popularity of the new form of the drug are one or more of the following:

    * It may easier to smuggle.

    * It may be more addictive, thus compelling the buyer to return more frequently.

    * It may be cheaper to produce therefore yielding more profit.

    * Like a game of “whack a mole” a shutdown of producers in one area will mean business opportunities for another set of producers with a similar product.

    Prohibition’s distortion of the immutable laws of ‘supply and demand’ subsidizes organized crime, foreign terrorists, corrupt cops & politicians and feeds the prejudices of self-appointed culture warriors. So called Tough-On-Drugs politicians have happily built careers on confusing drug prohibition’s horrendous collateral damage with the substances that they claim to be fighting, while the big losers in this battle are everybody else, especially taxpayers.

    How come so many of us have been deluded into believing that big government is the appropriate response to non-traditional consensual vices?

    Imagine if we were to chop down every single tree on the planet as a response to our failure to prevent tree-climbing accidents. That’s what our misguided drug policy looks like. Isn’t it time we all stood up and told the government we’re tired of being beaten and jailed so that pharmaceutical companies can poison and kill us for obscene profits?

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

  2. Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None
    of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual
    predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family
    member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of
    marijuana plants for their aches and pains.
    If the people who want
    to use marijuana could grow a few plants in their own back yards, it
    would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes; it would put the drug
    gangs out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods.
     

  3. Social or medical reasons for using marijuana does not do anything more than make you stupid! Not turn you into a drug crazed person that has homicidal thoughts, it is not addictive and will not kill you!  Stupid is not a crime!  It does on the other hand work on many aches and pains and is proven to help very ill people.  Stop the reefer madness now before it gets out of control again!  As for kids in school, I think that
    pharmaceuticals are more the issue, since they are readily available in the bathroom cabinet. They are prescribed to kids for no real reason other than the parents can’t control them!  That’s the real threat, the real addictive drug, the true killer!   

  4. Yes a story of prescription drug abuse and the real and severe damages being done to society becuse of it would be nice to see. Prescription drugs kill and maim hundreds of thousands every year in this country. No one has ever died from taking to much grass, that sort of sums it up nicely.

  5.  Honestly, I see this news, and it really doesn’t surprise me. I love dispensaries, however I also know that with anything becoming more plentiful, the easier it will be for kids to get their hands on it. I hate to break it to everyone, but kids are gonna experiment. What this article doesn’t point out is how alcohol use has also gone down. Personally, I’d rather have them experiment with something that is safe, rather than things that kill – like hard drugs, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals. Not to say that I don’t approve of dispensaries getting recently removed from school zones, I’m sure this definitely cuts things down. The fact is, dispensaries or not, they’re going to find it somewhere, and right now the supply is immense, and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. My advice: take this with a grain of salt.

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