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article imagePot cloud in classroom puts Colorado high school on lock-down

By Holly L. Walters     Nov 9, 2014 in Lifestyle
Commerce City - There was a little bit of “reefer madness” going on at Adams High School in Commerce City, Colorado this week. The school was put on lock-down Friday after one student’s weed pipe filled the classroom with smoke, school officials said.
The incident of the smoke-filled classroom started around 9:45 a.m. The school initiated a modified lock-down to limit the students’ movement through the school once the smoke was discovered. The school officials added that any teens that could have been close enough to be affected by the smoke from the device were being examined by medical healthcare workers.
The smoke came from a device that’s known as a “bucket” or “gravity bong.” These devices typically use the force of gravity, which is created by releasing water from its chamber, to suction a large amount of marijuana smoke into the container. Once it’s in the container, it can be inhaled by the user.
Reuters reported that the school issued the following statements, "As always, students' safety is our number one priority. All students were fine and the school is resuming business as usual."
Adams High School officials also told the press that it was working with the authorities to resolve the issue and would provide more information as it became available. They did not release details about the youth that the pipe belonged to, nor did they discuss possible disciplinary action.
Since recreational pot was made legal in the state, Colorado has faced some significant legal challenges, especially regarding minors. Residents voted in 2012 to allow the sales of recreational marijuana sales to adults aged 21 and older beginning in 2014.
That led to an explosion of consumer use. In Denver, marijuana dispensaries outnumber McDonald's Starbucks and restaurants combined, according to 60 Minutes. "We found that medical marijuana has become a normal, and fairly noncontroversial part of Colorado life," said 60 Minutes producer, Frank Devine.
Teens are seeing pot going mainstream and taking note, too. Since it is more readily available, it’s finding a way into their hands frequently when they seek it out. Stricter laws have been implemented for that reason, and CBS Denver reported that a recent one passed in the state strengthens legal penalties for adults caught selling marijuana to minors.
The law springs from shops that were selling marijuana to minors — previously they received a slap on the wrist when they were caught. If they are caught now, they face felony charges. A similar law was implemented allowing pot vendors to confiscate the identification of minors who try to buy marijuana in their shops.
Denver residents took to social media to discuss the partial lock-down at Adams High School with many of them “describing it as the story of the day.” The sentiment going around during online discussions was that the story could only in happen in Colorado.
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