Students may have munched on edible pot

The Olathe Police Department is investigating a claim that marijuana edibles were distributed and consumed Wednesday on Olathe Middle and High School property at 410 U.S. Highway 50.

The school’s principal, Scot Brown, signed a letter sent home with students Thursday informing parents of the alleged incident. According to the letter, the incident involved Olathe students.

“If the investigation confirms the allegations to be true, there will be serious consequences for the students involved. The District has a zero tolerance of using or distributing drugs at school,” the letter reads.

Montrose and Olathe School District spokeswoman Mindy Baumgardner confirmed the information in the letter via email Thursday.

“Since it is under investigation we are not able to discuss the specifics of the incident, but are working on educating our students, parents and teachers on the dangers of drugs,” Baumgardner wrote.

The letter reminds parents it is illegal under Colorado law for anyone under the age of 21 to possess, use or distribute marijuana or marijuana edibles but warns the recent legalization of recreational marijuana for Colorado adults “may mean that marijuana and marijuana food products will be more readily available to our young people.”

“It is important for all parents and students to fully understand the legal and health implications for marijuana use by those under 21,” the letter states, later adding, “Research shows that the human brain is not fully mature until roughly the age of 25 and early drug use impacts development. It is also clear that marijuana is more potent than ever before, increasing the drug’s impact.”

The letter encourages parents to talk to their children about the consequences of drug use.

According to the letter, the school plans to host a drug awareness assembly, remind students to report suspicious activity to http://www.safe2tell.org or 1-877-542-7233, and have the district health nurse and school health technicians work with district executives on educating students about drugs, learning the symptoms of drug use and planning how to manage drug violations in school.

The letter goes on to say the district turned over its investigation of the incident to the Police Department “while we focus on the safety of our students” and that parents with questions or concerns about the incident can call Brown at 970-252-7950.


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