Just because it’s Colorado doesn’t mean that everyone is allowed to smoke marijuana. Today, a volunteer high school teacher accused of smoking weed with students faces charges. Until recently, Rachel L. Farley worked at East High School in Denver. She is now facing felony charges.
Volunteer High School Teacher Accused of Smoking Weed With Students
Rachel Farley volunteered as a music and drama teacher at East High School in Denver. Until last summer, Farley was a full-time teacher at the high school. Since then, she has worked part-time on a contractual basis.
According to reports, Farley smoked weed with students at her house this past February. An unidentified student informed the school, who called Farley in for questioning. During that meeting, Farley resigned.
In a public statement released by Denver Public Schools, school representative Jessie Smiley explained, “There was nothing notable about her resignation—she simply resigned.”
East High School made it clear that Farley wasn’t welcome there anymore. Smiley elaborates, “When DPS (Denver Public Schools) received these allegations about her in February, we asked her not to volunteer anymore at East. […] She has been blocked from being a volunteer, having a (contractor agreement), or returning to employment with DPS.”
The Charges Against Farley
Farley is facing some serious legal ramifications for smoking weed with her students. The Denver Police have charged her with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a felony.
The police took Farley into custody this morning at 6:52 am. Records show that the Denver County Court is holding her advisement at 1:30 today.
Rising Concern Over Underage Marijuana Use
The current legalization trend can translate to strict marijuana legislation. This means that many are concerned about the effects of cannabis on minors, even in cases of medicinal use.
Recently, parents and advocacy groups are pushing to increase children’s access to medical marijuana and facing reticent lawmakers. In Louisiana, a group of mothers advocated legalizing marijuana for autistic children at the state capitol. The FDA denied a 13-year-old boy life-saving treatment for using CBD Oil. A ten-year-old in Idaho cannot use CBD oil to cure his seizures.
As access to medical marijuana increases, legislators worry that more underage people are smoking weed than ever. Though high school smoking rates have remained constant since legalization, this can translate to strict marijuana policy. This volunteer high school teacher accused of smoking weed with students exemplifies the crackdown on underage marijuana use.
This Isn’t The First Time A High School Reported An Adult for Smoking Marijuana
Last fall, an 11-year-old boy’s confession that his mom smokes weed landed him in Child Protective Services.
The police charged Shona Banda, mother to Ethan Gomez, with five felonies.
Banda uses of marijuana was medicinal. She was using it to treat Crohn’s disease.
Final Hit: Volunteer High School Teacher Accused of Smoking Weed With Students
Rachel Farley, a former Denver high school teacher, faces federal charges for allegedly smoking weed with her students. In an increasingly pro-weed climate, authorities are making it clear that decreased marijuana restrictions do not apply to minors.