DARE curriculum drops pot

KENNEWICK, Wash. -The students who graduated Monday from Kennewick's DARE program will be the last to be taught the potential dangers of marijuana.

Nearly 100 fifth graders at Sunset View Elementary accepted their diplomas after the ten week course, which discourages kids from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. But DARE officer Mike Meyer says the national dare organization has removed the discussion of marijuana from the curriculum.

"The new curriculum starts as of December for us here in Kennewick. It does not bring up the subject of marijuana at all."

Meyer has been Kennewick's DARE officer for six years. He says he devotes an entire lesson on marijuana.

Meyer says he doesn't know why the national parent organization that oversees the DARE program has deleted marijuana from the program.

On Tuesday, Voters in Washington State decide Initiative 502, which would regulate and tax sales of marijuana.  If passed, the measure faces a possible court challenge by the Justice Department.

The Washington State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs opposes the Initiative 502.

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