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A Better Way For Colorado's Attorney General

Please join other concerned Coloradans by signing this petition calling on the Colorado Attorney General to delay the implementation of its marijuana education pilot program to our youth due to incomplete research and a failure to use expert, credentialed input on the curriculum.

 PETITION:

 Officials in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office are planning to launch a school outreach campaign in regards to marijuana.  “The program is geared at 4th, 7th  and 10th  graders, with the overarching goal to change the perception of harm with regard to marijuana.”   Their plan is to train Peace Officers to carry this message to students.  The plan in its current form is unacceptable.

 This marijuana education program has apparently been designed with complete disregard for established best practices that should inform such programs. In fact it seems that no experts in the field---no child educators, no physicians, no addiction specialists---were consulted. Existing highly regarded program materials or other resources were not considered.

 The reviewed data comes across as ambiguous, drug-friendly and with little educational value about harms and risks.

 According to the American College of Pediatricians:

“Although increasing legalization of marijuana has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless, research documents the risks of its use by youth are grave. Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease and testicular cancer, and is associated with both psychiatric illness and negative social outcomes. Evidence indicates limited legalization of marijuana has already raised rates of unintended marijuana exposure among young children, and may increase adolescent use.”

 As parents and concerned citizens, we, the undersigned, want to send a clear message that drug friendly/marijuana friendly, social norming messages for Colorado’s children are NOT acceptable. We want our children to know exactly why and how drugs are harmful and dangerous with no ambiguity or playing around with the message.

 We oppose the program that is being piloted by the Attorney General’s Office.  We think that the Attorney General's office could contribute usefully to a drug education program by credentialed experts. Such a program would include collaboration with key educational professionals, drug dependency specialists, pediatricians, clinical psychiatrists and social workers, and would be aimed at providing students with current scientific data on the effects of marijuana and discouraging its use among teens.

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Cynthia Coffman, Colorado Attorney General


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