Changes in marijuana use leave district leaders in bind

Sep 5, 2019 by

With marijuana legal to varying extents in 33 states and the District of Columbia, school leaders are increasingly finding themselves walking a fine line in how

Health risks, decriminalization and increased medical use of marijuana create quandaries for school administrators
By JD Solomon  –

With marijuana legal to varying extents in 33 states and the District of Columbia, school leaders are increasingly finding themselves walking a fine line in how to handle pot-related issues among students.

Last week, the U.S. surgeon general cautioned that marijuana use “carries more risk than ever,” especially for youths,  The Washington Post and other news outlets reported. Of particular concern is the increased potency of professionally grown pot: the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can be as high as 90% in edible products, the Post reported.

In Colorado, where marijuana use has been legal since 2014, a recent study found no increase in the percentage of students reporting that they used pot in the past 30 days. However, there has been a significant change in how Colorado’s high school students use the drug, according to a recent report in MedPage Today. While smoking continued to be the most common mode, its popularity fell while the popularity of edible cannabis and vaping rose dramatically from 2015 to 2017, MedPage reported.

Source: Changes in marijuana use leave district leaders in bind | District Administration

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