Our PTA’s Attitude Toward Weed Is Freaking Us Out

Our PTA’s Attitude Toward Weed Is Freaking Us Out

Our neighborhood recently had a marijuana dispensary open in accordance with New York State laws around legal distribution to adult customers. While my husband and I are thrilled, other parents in the community are … less than thrilled. At a recent PTA meeting, our school principal baselessly accused the store owners of “poisoning our children” simply because of the candy offerings.

I took the opportunity to remind the principal and other parents that the store is open legally, the owners had to go through an extremely rigorous application process to even get a license, and they certainly wouldn’t want to jeopardize that by knowingly selling products containing THC to obvious school children who can’t present ID proving them to be over 21. I likened it to any of the many nearby establishments that sell alcohol.

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Dear Care and Feeding,

Our neighborhood recently had a marijuana dispensary open in accordance with New York State laws around legal distribution to adult customers. While my husband and I are thrilled, other parents in the community are … less than thrilled. At a recent PTA meeting, our school principal baselessly accused the store owners of “poisoning our children” simply because of the candy offerings.

I took the opportunity to remind the principal and other parents that the store is open legally, the owners had to go through an extremely rigorous application process to even get a license, and they certainly wouldn’t want to jeopardize that by knowingly selling products containing THC to obvious school children who can’t present ID proving them to be over 21. I likened it to any of the many nearby establishments that sell alcohol.

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Although my partner and I partake in edibles in a safe manner (always locked away and never accessible to kids, never while around the kids, in small quantities with a designated sober adult) we’re concerned with the “just say no” rhetoric we heard in the PTA meeting. While we don’t want to encourage drug use by our children, we’re realistic; we know that although our kids are young now (8 and 3,) a time will come when they will make a choice about whether or not they want to use them. We want to equip them with unbiased information about the risks and effects of drugs while creating an open line of communication they can feel free to ask questions or talk about any issues as they arise. Is there a guideline for these conversations? Is now an appropriate time to begin those discussions with our 8-year-old?

— Anti-Nancy Reagan in N.Y.

https://slate.com/human-interest/2022/11/pta-weed-care-and-feeding.html

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