Parents say this is not what they expected to find in their children’s goody bags after their youngsters competed in the 4-H Youth Livestock show at the Colorado State fair.
It was a pamphlet with pointers on how to safely use marijuana. It is illegal for children to use marijuana of any kind.
“Just really shocked me,” parent Amy Fort told KRON. “Would be the equivalent of them saying ‘Hey, if you’re going to drink vodka, this is the proper way to do it. Drink sparingly.'”
The pamphlet had messages like: ‘Take an edible; take it easy; keep your stash safe and sound.'”
“These packets were being handed out to 8-year-old kids,” parent Janene Turner said.
“Who decided that was OK for my child?” Turner asked.
KRON problem solvers reached out to the agency who created the flyers–the Colorado Department of Public Health.
They admit that putting them in the bags was their mistake.
In a statement, they said, “We would like to apologize to any family whose child received the marijuana education materials that were intended for adults.”
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 Colorado Health Department said the advertising material and the sponsorship at the fair was a one-time event.