DARE curriculum drops pot (cannabis) aka marijuana/marihuana

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -The students who graduated Monday from Kennewick’s DARE program will be the last to be taught the potential dangers of marijuana.

Nearly 100 fifth graders at Sunset View Elementary accepted their diplomas after the ten week course, which discourages kids from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. But DARE officer Mike Meyer says the national dare organization has removed the discussion of marijuana from the curriculum.

“The new curriculum starts as of December for us here in Kennewick. It does not bring up the subject of marijuana at all.”

Meyer has been Kennewick’s DARE officer for six years. He says he devotes an entire lesson on marijuana.

Meyer says he doesn’t know why the national parent organization that oversees the DARE program has deleted marijuana from the program.

On Tuesday, Voters in Washington State decide Initiative 502, which would regulate and tax sales of marijuana.  If passed, the measure faces a possible court challenge by the Justice Department.

The Washington State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs opposes the Initiative 502.

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rikkonen
18 hours ago
+10 updown

http://youtu.be/6jO_ncXj7RE In the U.S. alone: every year 420,000 people die from cigarettes, and they’re legal. every year 100,000 people die from alcohol, and it’s legal. every year 30,000 people die from FDA approved prescription drugs. every year 1000-3000 people die from caffeine related symptoms, and it’s perfectly legal FOR ALL AGES? “Has anyone, to your knowledge, ever died from marijuana usage? There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose in history, and there is no clear-cut case of a death attributed to marijuana use.” – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/why-marijuana-should-be-legalized_n_1833751.html http://www.alternet.org/story​/153870/do_harsh_pot_laws_cre​ate_a_dangerous_drinking_cult​ure_5_reasons_to_get_stoned_i​nstead_of_drunk?paging=offhttp://www.rawstory.com/rs/20​12/08/22/yale-study-alcohols-​gateway-effect-much-larger-th​an-marijuanas http://marijuanamovie.org
islimedmyshell
18 hours ago
+5 updown

Deaths by various drugs per year: Current top killer drugs (Worldwide): Tobacco/Tobacco Related – – – 5 Million in the U.S. it’s responsible for 1 in 5 deaths. Alcohol/Alcohol Related – – – 2.5 Million more deaths than AIDS, TB, and Violence combined. U.S. Surgeon General Actuarial Info. The following is a list of deaths by substance for 1990 (U.S. only). Tobacco . . . . . . . . . . . .360,000 Alcohol . . . . . . . . . . . . 130,000 Prescribed drugs . . . . . .18,675 Caffeine . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,800 Cocaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,390 Heroin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,147 Aspirin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 986 Marijuana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
highdesert420
18 hours ago
+11 updown

Cannabis never should never have been part of the program to begin with. I guess kids are now doing a simple internet search and realizing that cannabis is not dangerous, the cops are liars, and prohibition is just one big gravy train for the Prison Industrial Complex. Thanks to the internet and the free exchange of ideas and information, even a child can see through the ****. Now, if we can only get the voters to see it….
markjonesss
19 hours ago
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although i support the legalization of cannabis… this is just weird.
Bikedad1
19 hours ago
+16 updown

Its about time! Marijuana is far less harmful than all of the legal things out there.The funny part is that its ok to drink booze which kills people daily and destroys families!
janedoeprego
20 hours ago
+22 updown

To the educated. This boosts their credibility!
SPM123
20 hours ago
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This coming from a Police department (Kennewick) that refuses to be randomly drug tested, took it to court and won the right not to be randomly drug tested. Now they want to teach us about the dangers of drugs….. Drugs are bad, I just think the message should come from a more credible Police dept.
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