A Dakota High School student was arrested Thursday after a teacher discovered he had what's called "weed edibles."
The teacher saw the 18-year-old senior passing around what looked like caramel corn to classmates - but she realized it smelled like marijuana.
Further investigation led to a student who had a gallon-sized Zip Lock baggy in a backpack. The baggy contained three individually packaged "treats" labeled Smores, Fruity Treat and Loopy Treat.
The 18-year-old showed school authorities his medical marijuana card and told them the items were "weed edibles" and that he had purchased them from a medical marijuana dispensary. He said he had paid $4 for each one. He also admitted he then sold them to other students.
The Macomb Township teen was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
He was released into the custody of his parents.
The Chippewa Valley Schools District released this statement, which reads in part:
Chippewa Valley Schools has zero tolerance for illegal drugs. In accordance with our Student Code of Conduct any student found in violation of these policies will face serious school consequences, including permanent expulsion from school.
Although incidents like these in school can be troubling, we are concerned about the larger community issue of protecting our children from the dangers of marijuana.
The negative consequences for teen marijuana use are many. States that have passed medical marijuana laws have seen an increase in teen use over time, along with a lower perception of risk or harm regarding marijuana use.
As a result, the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families, in cooperation with our school district, has launched a campaign, called Mobilizing Michigan: Protecting our Kids from Marijuana. Our effort is to help educate parents, youth, and community that marijuana is not a benign drug. Youth use is linked to poor academics, disrupted brain development, and mental health issues. The campaign designed to help educate the public on the dangers of youth marijuana use will be introduced across the state this fall. We have also received requests both nationally and internationally for campaign information.
To view the complete toolkit and public service announcement visit: www.mcosa.net or www.cvcoaltion.org.