PUEBLO, Colo. -- Parents are sounding off after pot pamphlets were placed in their children’s 4-H Club bags at the Colorado State Fair.
The pamphlet, “Meg’s Budtender Tips" gives advice on how to properly use marijuana. But the parents said it’s unacceptable the pamphlet was given to kids.
“It just really shocked me," Brynn Fort said. "It would be the equivalent of them saying, 'Hey, if you’re going to drink vodka this is the proper way to drink vodka. Do it sparingly."
Hundreds of 4-H Club kids in the livestock show got the pamphlet, with messages such as “Take an edible, take it easy” and “Keep your stash safe and sound.”
“These packets were being handed out to 8-year-old kids,” Janene Turner said. “Why are you giving a child instructions on how to get high?”
The Turners were outraged too, saying kids can’t legally use marijuana.
“Who decided that was OK for my child?” Turner said.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it put the pamphlets in the bags and that it was a mistake.
"We would like to apologize to any family whose child received the marijuana education materials that were intended for adults," it said.
But for families like the Forts and Turners, they want assurance this won’t happen again.
“Bottom line, it shouldn’t have been in there, and it shouldn’t be in there next year,” Turner said.
The health department said the advertising material and the sponsorship at the fair was a one-time event.
“The State Fair exhibitor packets were put together by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment," Colorado 4-H said in a statement.
"Colorado 4-H did not have anything to do with assembling the packets, nor were we involved in the content of the packets. Upon expressing our concerns we learned that this was an unintended mistake and that the brochures in question were never intended to be distributed to youth.”AlertMe