A Georgia father of two has complained to the press after his daughter was suspended for unknowingly eating a cookie that had been spiked with pot by an older girl. The 11-year-old Diamond Brooks says she ate the cookie that was given to her by a 6th grader during her lunch break, but when she returned to class she felt disorientated and unwell.
After she was sick she had teachers phone an ambulance. Once in hospital, doctors revealed that blood tests had shown marijuana present in the girl’s system. Thinking back on her day the girl revealed she had only eaten one thing that wasn’t packed for her lunch – the cookie given to her by an older girl.
“I didn't pay attention when I was getting it, so I just got it and ate it,” she said.
But bizarrely the school still decided to suspend her for doing drugs in school, and her father is furious that he now has to work to overturn the suspension.
“When you spike somebody's drink, they don't know, so they are supposed to get punished for what happened? That don't make sense,” he told reporters. “If something happened to her, I would have lost it.”
The school board, meanwhile, says it is investigating and will be looking into whether the suspension can be over turned.
“The student ingested a dessert, but it cannot confirm if it was laced with a drug. Our investigation will shed more light on what occurred,” the board told reporters.
Meanwhile the growth of medical marijuana has grown rapidly in the US, while states like Colorado and California have gone far enough to decriminalise recreational use of marijuana. Proponents argue that the new change in policy will take revenue away from drug cartels and reduce opiate addictions, but critics have remained opposed to the growing trend of legalisation arguing that it will encourage people to become addicted.
Despite this there is some evidence that adolescent marijuana use decreases in states that have legalised its recreational use.