By Urban Anomie
The province of British Columbia announced today that they have partnered with various marijuana growers in the design and creation of a new school curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12 students.
The marijuana industry’s involvement in the province’s educational development is creating concern among uptight conservative groups and parents.
Social Reform Party hopeful, Trevor Howser called granting partnership status to the marijuana industry “outrageous.”
“Kindergarten to grade 12 is a very formative time in a child’s life where their minds are still developing,” said Howser. “We should be ramming religious dogma down their throats, not free love and peace.”
Parent of nine-year old twins, Michelle Coupland, says, “It’s very disturbing that the government has brought on pot growers as key partners in designing B.C.’s curriculum. Drugs don’t belong in our schools.”
She added, “It’s time that the B.C. government realizes that what’s good for the pot industry isn’t what’s good for the rest of the province—and especially not our children.”
Canada’s marijuana industry has taken a notable interest in curriculum design in recent years, aiming to prepare the future crop of industry workers.
The Canadian Association of Marijuana Producers (CAMP), the country’s largest pot lobby group, says the marijuana industry needs to engage B.C. teachers and students through in-class learning tools in order to increase ‘agriculture’ knowledge among the general public and community stakeholders.
“We want B.C. to be world leaders in marijuana production, and through initiative like this, the province will be well positioned to supply the world with top-notch weed for the next 100 years,” says CAMP spokesman, Chad Wallander.
CAMP caused an uproar last year when it partnered with the Royal Canadian Mint to produce a series of coins depicting the historical importance weed has played as an integral resource to the B.C. economy over the last 40 years.
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