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Michael O'Neill

These 4th-graders are selling marijuana in Colorado

10-year-old entrepreneurs run the playground

Marijuana is slowly becoming legal across the country; which means greater access for children.
Source: Scott Beale via Flickr
Caption: Marijuana is slowly becoming legal across the country; which means greater access for children.

Think you’re too young to start your own business? Think again. A group of 10-year-olds have been caught dealing marijuana to their classmates at Greeley’s Monfort Elementary School in Colorado.

The state of Colorado has been on the forefront of marijuana legalization efforts over the past decade. Within the past year, Colorado has decriminalized the use of marijuana and has had numerous shops spring up around the state, specializing in the sale of marijuana.

Apparently, three boys and one girl were stealing a small portion of their grandparent’s pot and selling it at school to make money. The marijuana was legally bought and distributed to the grandparents, but they were not knowledgeable of their grandchildren’s theft.

The 4th-graders were sent home, but were not suspended or expelled. This is a first for the Colorado school system as many educators struggle with how to punish this newfound problem.

Jennifer Sheldon, principal of Monfort Elementary School, wrote a public letter regarding the potential problems arising from the new laws regarding the sale of marijuana. In a statement released today Sheldon said, “We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol or even firearms. This drug is potentially lethal to children, and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.”

Only one child was caught ingesting the marijuana, and later medical tests revealed no harm done to the child.

Kids earning extra money from lemonade stands and carwashes may be a thing of the past when marijuana is accessible to millions of children, with some actually able to reap the benefits of its sale.