Medical marijuana has been trickling into schools, as students get it illegally from their parents or older friends who have medical marijuana cards, said Jim Gerhardt, a narcotics officer with a Denver-area drug task force.
Also troubling, he
has seen cases where children are being neglected or injured because their parents are high on medical marijuana.
said there have been a few serious car crashes recently in his
area in which medical marijuana was involved.
Jerry Peters, executive vice-president of the association, will give the talk along with Gerhardt, a sergeant with the Thornton Police Department and narcotics officer with the North Metro Task Force, an undercover drug enforcement unit for Adams and Broomfield counties in the Denver metro area.
The association has studied the laws extensively and was involved in advising state lawmakers about how to keep "greed and recreational uses out of the equation," Gerhardt
said dispensaries have been able to spring up because Amendment 20, the bill that legalized medical marijuana in 2000, too loosely defined the concept of caregivers.
"There's nothing about an industry to support the growing, supplying or profiting off medical marijuana," he
also plans to discuss House Bill 1284, a state law that allows local governments to license dispensaries or ban them.