Education News Colorado has been going nuts these past few weeks on the proximity-of-medical-marijuana-to-schools issue created by the U.S. Attorney's office, and the past few days have been no different.
Most recently is today's conversation the organization had with a former student of downtown's Palmer High School. WIthin 1,000 feet of the school is center Indispensary, whose co-owner Judy Negley has been told to move or close by Feb. 26. (An employee of the center told the Indy a few days ago that more than 40 locations had been reviewed for a new spot, with a location still yet to be determined.) Negley told reporter Katie Kerwin McCrimmon she doesn't "think dispensaries are the problem."
Turns out Emma, the ex-high-school-student, agrees.
But most young people don’t get medical marijuana directly from the dispensaries anyway, she said. Instead, they get an older friend or sibling to buy for them or they get it straight from licensed growers with extra product.
The information's particularly relevant considering ENC's other report stating that the high school "reported two drug incidents in 2007-08, one in 2008-09, 75 in 2009-10 and 45 in 2010-11."
On a side note, for those following Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh's attempts to push a small amount of MMJ centers back 1,000 feet from school grounds, is this missive from Denver attorney Warren Edson.
On his Facebook page, Edson writes, "Sounds like the Colorado industry is going to get another round of letters on or about 2/24. Rumor mill says the focus will be on 1,000' from parks. Yes MMJ fans parks, not schools. Again...... just the latest hot rumor but we will head to the office on a Sunday to pull out the Denver doomsday map and start counting."
We've attempted to contact Edson for more information on the rumor and will follow up if we hear more.