Pubdate: Sat, 08 Mar 2014
Source: Denver Post (CO)
Copyright: 2014 The Denver Post Corp
Author: Carolyn Howard


Recently, Denver South High School led a pre-emptive effort to tackle 
some of the questions around Amendment 64 and Denver's youth by 
hosting a discussion panel. The panel included a range of community 
members, from school-based health educators to special interest 
groups (both for and against Amendment 64), to members of Denver 
Health and the city attorney's office.

The discussion was not only civil but also informative, even if 
slightly daunting from a parent's perspective. It highlighted that, 
although we have some sense of the dangers with respect to adolescent 
usage of marijuana, we as a community have neither put forth a 
uniform message as to why teenagers should refrain from using 
marijuana, nor have a concrete agenda as to how to handle the 
potential pitfalls (mental health, school-based regulation, or 
otherwise) related to its increased availability among teens in Denver.

Where do we go from here?

Carolyn Howard,

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