(EL PASO COUNTY, Colo.) — A young girl, aged 10, was arrested for marijuana possession at a Colorado elementary school and led away in handcuffs.
The arrest was made at Evans International Elementary school near Colorado Springs after school officials discovered the girl had brought the pot to school.
Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office tells ABC News the girl, who had less than an ounce of cannabis in her possession, was charged with “offenses related to marijuana.” He said a prosecutor is currently considering how the case will proceed.
The girl reportedly received the marijuana from a relative who had a medical marijuana card.
Though it is unclear whether the girl is the youngest ever charged with a marijuana offense in Colorado, 10 years is the age of “mental culpability,” meaning it’s the youngest age at which one can be charged with a crime in the state.
On Election Day this month, voters passed Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in Colorado, though it is unlikely the vote will affect this particular case. Marijuana possession is still banned under federal law.
“It’s a fair question,” said Kramer on the potential conflict between Amendment 64 and current drug enforcement policy, but added, “There will be no blanket removal of the current law.”
“At this point in time it’s business as usual for the law as currently written,” said Kramer. The case will proceed at the discretion of the assigned district attorney.
Administrators at Evans International Elementary School could not immediately be reached for comment.
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