Brockton superintendent cites spike in marijuana incidents at schools
Brockton Superintendent Kathleen Smith spoke to the Brockton City Council Finance Committee about the effects of marijuana legalization on Brockton Public Schools. Smith said there has been an increase in marijuana-related disciplinary issues and medical incidents since Massachusetts voters approved of marijuana legalization in 2016. Smith said “edibles” have led to medical incidents, such as students suffering adverse effects from eating too many marijuana gummy bears.
Marc Larocque Enterprise Staff Writer @Enterprise_Marc
BROCKTON – Brockton Superintendent Kathleen Smith said there has been an uptick in the amount of marijuana-related incidents at Brockton Public Schools since the 2016 statewide vote to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts.
“We certainly have seen an increase in the schools,” said Smith, speaking last Monday to the Brockton City Council Finance Committee. “More younger children are bringing marijuana to school, sometimes in surprising quantities. We’re finding people are getting more relaxed with the talks of legalizing marijuana. … We’re very surprised.”
Smith said that “edibles,” which are foods infused with marijuana, have caused medical incidents at the schools during the past couple of years. Edibles have proliferated in Massachusetts since they were legalized for medical purposes following a statewide vote in 2012, with the first medical marijuana dispensary opening in Massachusetts about three years ago.
“The kids are coming to school with what looks like gummy bears,” Smith said. “We’re seeing that at the high school level, and I think a little bit at middle schools … where they’ll share a gummy bear, a student will take the so-called candy, and, what happens is, the effect isn’t quick enough, and maybe they’ll take a second one. And maybe they’ll take a third one. The student then panics with some effect that it is physically having on them … and they’re down to the nurse. We’ve had an