• District Takes Proactive Approach to Teen Pot Issue


    Even though recreational use of marijuana in Colorado is now legal for people over 21, District leaders are making it very clear that use by teenagers is both illegal and unhealthy.

    Superintendent Pam Swanson and Westminster High School Principal Michael Lynch decided to take the marijuana issue “head on” last week by posting information for parents and students online and working with 9NEWS to highlight the District’s efforts. In addition, this week, a local police officer spoke to Westminster High School students about the use of pot.

    “This is an issue for everyone in the state and we need to be able to talk about it,” said Swanson. “We decided to be very proactive.”

    Both Swanson and Lynch posted letters to the community which you can read here. In addition, the District shared resources that provide information about the impact marijuana has on teen brains that are still developing. “The research is very clear that the brain isn’t fully developed until around age 25,” said Lynch. “In addition, the drug is more potent than ever.”

    On Wednesday, Thornton police officer Jim Gerhardt hosted a student assembly for students to talk about marijuana use and tell them about its impact.

    Gerhardt reminded students that even though Colorado voters liberalized laws about the use of pot, most people don’t use it and it is not the norm. He also reminded students that marijuana is now big business in Colorado and that means they should be wary of marketing campaigns that send the message that pot use is, “no big deal.”

    Click here to watch the 9 news report.

    Posted January 16, 2014