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4/24/2012 6:00:00 AM
Manzanita student brings mom's medical pot to school

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

Manzanita School officials said their investigation into marijuana brought to school last week found two students in possession of a small amount of the drug.

Principal Jeri Wolsey said the marijuana, which was around the size of a grape, was discovered in the possession of an 11-year-old boy Friday. The boy, in turn, said he got it from a 9-year-old classmate, who police said took the marijuana from her mother's dresser.

School Resource Sgt. Lyman Watson said the mother uses the marijuana for medicinal reasons and is in the process of obtaining her state medical marijuana card. It was for this reason that the mother was charged with misdemeanor possession and was not booked into jail, although Watson said she was negligent for leaving the marijuana in an area accessible to her child.

Wolsey said the two students have been disciplined in accordance with district policy. She said both initially denied possessing marijuana Thursday after a parent's call to the school prompted an investigation.

Both students denied having anything illegal and said they had wrapped blades of grass in tissue paper, which their classmates mistook for marijuana.

Wolsey said school officials learned of the rumor around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. With the school day ending at 2:20 p.m., they had a short time in which to sort everything out, she said. The questioning continued into the next day, with the 11-year-old boy finally turning the bag over to his teacher.

Wolsey said she was pleased with the way the teachers and police handled the matter. She said students have also been told to leave the outside grass alone to avoid future misunderstandings.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: makes everyone with mmj look bad

well what you say maybe true but the rule of thumb is card before meds. Not the other way around she has caused all of mohave county card holder to look bad. Cancer or no Cancer we cant have people like this cause everyone to loose the right to have mmj. Cant you see people fear it as it is and now they will think its because its legal now and that is what caused kids to have it at school.

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: friend hartman

ok people let's get this set straight... she isn't a mother that sits around smoking pot and useing the i'm getting my card as a cover up... the child mother has cancer and is sick and just went through surgery.. and yes she was getting and still is getting her card... she had it put up away from her kids.. he daughter act on tempting preasure from her peers at manzanita... think about what u say... her mother is a great mom i allow my kids over there and she has explained to her kids and other's it's not cool to smoke it and if she didn't come down with cancer and have to go throught treatments and kimo she wouldn't of started...

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: Quiet Storm

The reason why the Miner is so apt to bring KUSD down and make it look so bad is because they wholey support the Kingman Academy of Learning. KAoL, in the miner's eyes, can do no wrong, whether they do wrong or not. The people at the d. miner are behind KAoL no matter what.

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Longoria

@no kidding
FYI, all people caught with marijauna do not end up in jail as some are charged with misdemeanor possession, as in this case, and end up with fines as punishment.
@Jeffrey Lebowski
too funny dude!

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: Kingman Mom/Grandma

As I re-read this article today on-line I find the irony that the ad on the side of this article is for the Kingman Smoke Shop... Just sayin'.
I don't know or claim to know, but I didn't think people went to jail for small amounts of marijuna. This mom was wrong to have left it in an accessible location for the child to get a hold of it. I am very sad to see that kids this young know that you sell it - kids these days just see to much in their homes, television and the movies - how very sad for society in general!

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: pro mmj

I am pro medical marijuana and respect the officer for not making it a big deal. But I hate to see it end up in our schools. mom claims medical use with no card and even if see had a card that card would have been revoked by the state. It clearly states that in the law keep out of reach of children that means store it in a safe or locked room where only the card holder can get it.

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: m m

Hey Busdriver and Ahron... don't you think that the school district should have made the info regarding the show available to the public via the local press???

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: Jeffrey Lebowski

I'm always surprised that the only people truly in the know about the benefits of marijuana and the myriad uses of nature's ultimate natural fiber - hemp know so stinking little about everything

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: bus driver

@Ahron Wow nobody checks messages (phone and email) when the boss is away???.. Oh well,at least you got it reported. Better late than never Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Article comment by: Possible Reason for Bias Coverage

The Bus Driver comment raises some interesting questions. I'd like the Miner top officials (publisher, editors) and reports report on what district their children attend. I don't want specifics as far as what school Robin Mauser's or Rich Thurlow's children attend just the district. I think those findings will answer the Bus Driver's charge.

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Article comment by: wars and plagues may come and go, but you always have marijuana to worry about

I know this is hard to believe, but for thousands of years civilisations came and went without making people felons for smoking things that grow naturally. In fact, they didn't even have cases of entrapment where a couple ounces of the stuff requested by a "friend" destroys your entire life. Oh, I don't smoke it or even really endorse it. I've just always been interested in history.

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Article comment by: Ahron Sherman

Bus Driver,
You are wrong.
PBS did contact our editor, but he was not and is not here at the moment.
I didn't speak to the woman at PBS till Friday, two days after it aired. Even then, she forgot to mention to me that the show would repeat on Sunday.
Maybe if it was important, you guys should've called me, the education reporter, instead of leaving a message with the editor and assuming it would get to me. Quick trying to demonize us. We do feel-good stories about KUSD all the time. We would've also done this one had the information gotten to the right person, me.

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Article comment by: Sunny B

What I am UPSET about this situation is that these kids TRIED TO SELL TO OTHER STUDENTS!!! They wanted to make a "deal" and "bargain"!! From what the other students are telling me that 2 kids went to jail. Not sure how true that is as its "the word in the halls". If you are a parent and need the medical marijuana card & your children know then its your responsible as a card holder & parent to educate you child(ren) about it. It's not to sell to other people, its for a medical use for the card holder only AND ITS NOT FOR KIDS TO BE SMOKING!

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Article comment by: No kidding

@ warren

I agree...Lets see how many people claim the whole system needs to be revoked.

This Woman had Marijuana illegally. Period.

Im going for my appointment next week. I have not had and will NOT have any Marijuana until I have my card in HAND.

Anyone thinking the "I intend to get my card soon" excuse when found with Marijuana without a Card. Is in posession of Illegal Drugs.

This woman needed to be treated like anyone else that has Marijuana illegally. In Jail.

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: bus driver

So The Miner is quick to have KUSD in the headlines when its bad news, but when students from KUSD were on NATIONAL TV on PBS "AMERICA REVEALED" last Wednesday, there was no mention. Thanx for the support.
And yes the Miner was aware of this via e mail and phone message to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Alazraqui

My sister in Anchorage recently went through the same type of issue, she has her Medical card and she has three middle school aged children. One of her sons went into her room and stole her keys and took a joint out of a locked drawer...all in an attempt to look "cool". The child was suspended and all parties involved had to go to counseling for a week and that was that. So "No Name" let me ask you a few questions... 1. Since you have no police report and aren't involved in the accuseds family how do you know that the marijuana was just sitting around as you posit it would have to be to warrant "child neglect". 2. How can you possibly say your "PRO medical marijuana" when you obviously are not i.e. you call it "Dope" which is a name for meth and heroin not medicine, you blatantly say that anyone with marijuana is going to use the card as an excuse for their wanting to get high and you break the cardinal rule of associating this marijuana, this medicine with anything other than doctor prescribed help for people in need of it. Please the next time you post an uneducated,libelous comment don't lie about your position on this issue and use your real least then you'll be taken seriously.

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: No Name

So, she doesn't have a current medical marijuana card, so she is in possession of illegal drugs. She had it in a place where her child had access to it. So it should be child neglect. I am PRO medical marijuana, I am not ok with some bad parent smoking dope and allowing it to fall into the hands of their kid. She should have been arrested. So now, every time anyone is caught with pot, they just need to say that they are in the process of obtaining a card. That is NOT the example we want to set for this controversial issue.

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

I remember hearing a case in Las Vegas in which a child age 10 was selling his Dexedrine in elementary school. The mother insisted that all the children were ADHD. They did not like taking speed and sold it. The same child later mistakenly took a narcotic that the same mother left on the counter accidentally. He was nearly killed riding a moped. I see it as a need for better parenting skills and nothing more. No intent to commit a crime here. These kids need some talking to as does mom and dad.

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Article comment by: Warren O

Excoriation of the entire medical marijuana movement because of the irresponsibility of one person in 3 ... 2 ...

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