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(CNN) — Legalized marijuana has found its way into playground commerce, leading to a group of Greeley, Colorado, fourth-graders being disciplined for selling and trading pot.

The incident began when a boy sold a bag of marijuana to three classmates for $11 Monday. The 10-year-old had taken the pot from his grandparents, school spokeswoman Teresa Myers said.

One of the three children purchasing the pot, also 10, couldn’t pay his portion, so they struck a deal. The next day, that child returned with a marijuana-laced candy bar he had also taken from a grandparent to trade for the pot, Myers said.

Another child witnessed the transaction and saw one of the kids take a bite of the candy bar, she said. The witness reported it to an adult.

Marijuana has been legal for recreational use since January 1, so the grandparents involved haven’t broken state law, said John Gates, the school district’s safety director. But he doesn’t feel they’re without blame.

“They’re guilty of some personal responsibility for not securing their weed.” Gates said. “If the marijuana hadn’t been accessible, this wouldn’t have happened.”

In a letter that went home with students, Monfort Elementary School principal Jennifer Sheldon emphasized the new responsibilities that Colorado parents face with the legalization of marijuana.

“We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol or even firearms,” the letter said. “This drug is potentially lethal to children, and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.”

The children involved will be disciplined but not expelled.

“We aren’t trying to harm fourth-grade students who made a bad choice,” she said. “This is an adult problem.”


  • The Governor

    Aww, isn’t that cute! Child drug dealers. Way to go, Colorado, for legalizing something people with non-medical issues don’t need.

    • darkraincloud

      What is the difference between kids stealing a cigarette or beer and sharing it with his buddies. It doesn’t matter what substance kids will be kids. Apparently the kid already has a messed up life if he is living with his grandparents. Why don’t you blame his parents for not raising the kid better, instead of the state of Colorado. Another thing, kids have been doing stuff like this forever; way before pot was legalized in Colorado.

      • The Governor

        The kid is a 4th grade drug dealer and you’re asking what the difference is? LOL, ignorance at its finest. You’re probably one of the “ermehgerd drugs need to be legalized” nutjob.

      • Karen

        I am not one that thinks pot should necessarily be legalized but this is true. Kids HAVE been doing this type of things forever! The fact that it is pot is no different because it IS legal in Colorado. But if you SMOKE cigarettes, keep them hidden or put up out of children’s reach or searchability, if you drink, lock the liquor cabinets, if you smoke pot, keep it put UP! Take ADULT responsibility and take care of the kids

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