Tell Us: Is Weed Decriminalization Making Teens More Open?

Wellesley High School reports more marijuana found on students than in past years. Is this because of the state's looser laws?


Wellesley Police reported recently there have been more reports of students with marijuana in the high school than in past years. 

Needham High School has had a few incidents of bags found in the school, and last October, one NHS Student was found with 10 Bags of Marijuana. Although last year's bi-annual adolescent health survey found use at Needham High was down.

One observation police have made is that there seems to be more openness about marijuana use among teens since it was decriminalized in Massachusetts. In November, Mass. also voted to approve the legalization of medical marijuana. 

In fact, Needham was considered for a Locations of Medical Marijuana Consultation Centers earlier this month, although it sounds like CannaMed (the dispensary) has committed to a Framingham location. 

Before the November election, Wellesley Police Chief Terrence Cunningham wrote to Patch urging voters to vote against the The passing of the question brought Mixed Feelings Among Wellesley Voters.

What do you think? Why are more students more openly using marijuana? How can schools combat the use? 

Editor's note: This piece appears on Wellesley and Needham Patch

Mike Parent December 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Congratulations on your Medical Degree, Chief. Here's what a DEA Administrative Judge said about Marijuana in a Report Commissioned by the DEA. ""16. Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of. the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care." http://www.ccguide.org/young88...” "THE CHILDREN" If they really cared for the children they'd legalize and regulate marijuana. If they really wanted to keep any substance out of the hands of "The Children" they first must take control of distribution away from black market dealers. They haven't accomplished that in 40+ years at a taxpayers cost in the hundreds of billions. It's time to treat marijuana as we do alcohol. My 27 year old daughter still gets carded when she buys alcohol, yet your 13 year old can buy anything the black market dealer has for a price whether it be money or "something else". FACT: Your kids have a better chance dying at the hands of someone enforcing marijuana laws than they do from ingesting it.(ZERO %). LEAP member, NYPD, ret. http://www.pitt.edu/~ugr/Hrych2.pdf Scientific Proof Marijuana is not a Gateway drug!
Joey Ismail December 17, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Asking a cop about medical marijuana is as asinine as asking a janitor his opinion on rocket science. These men are the beef, not the brains. They aren't qualifiedto give my dog medical advise. Stop quoting them....
phong hyunig December 18, 2012 at 02:50 AM
As a user of medical marijuana, I'm afraid I will be more persecuted when it's all in the open than I was behind closed doors.


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