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Letter Sent To Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Requesting Resolution Opposing Palo Alto Measure C (Marijuana Dispensary Legalization)

Letter Sent To Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Requesting Resolution Opposing Palo Alto Measure C (Marijuana Dispensary Legalization)

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Letter to the Palo Alto Unified School District requestion the Board of Trustees oppose Palo Alto Measure C (Medical Marijuana Dispensary legalization), using data from a recent student "mental health" survey that demonstrates the possibility that over 30% of the students are using Marijuna, and other hard drugs, by the end of their Senior years. Medical Marijuana sales in Palo Alto would only increase the availability, and use, of Marijuana by students. Therefore, the School Board should be taking a more active role in opposing Measure C.
Letter to the Palo Alto Unified School District requestion the Board of Trustees oppose Palo Alto Measure C (Medical Marijuana Dispensary legalization), using data from a recent student "mental health" survey that demonstrates the possibility that over 30% of the students are using Marijuna, and other hard drugs, by the end of their Senior years. Medical Marijuana sales in Palo Alto would only increase the availability, and use, of Marijuana by students. Therefore, the School Board should be taking a more active role in opposing Measure C.

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PAUSD Board of EducationPalo Alto Unified School District25 Churchill AvenuePalo Alto, CA 94301Cc: Superintendent K. Skelly, Palo Alto City Council, James KeeneSubject: PAUSD Opposition To Marijuana Dispensaries in Palo Alto (Measure C)Elected Officials:As you must surely know, advocates for drug legalization in California have managed tosuccessfully place a ballot initiative before the voters of Palo Alto this coming November.To date, the PAUSD, and its elected officials, seem to have been silent on this matter— even though there is considerable evidence in the public domain that students at thePAUSD are involved with illegal drug consumption, and possibly sale of these substances —on and off PAUSD campuses.This year’s so-called “Mental Health Survey”, just released by its authors, provides morethan adequate proof of the problems at the PAUSD. The following data, taken from theGunn High School dataset, has been annotated to draw your attention to the areas thatshould demonstrate the problems of drug use in the PAUSD— 
Demographic Data
The following two tables are provided from sources other than the “Mental HealthSurvey”— 
Gunn High School 2009-10 Demographics
 NumberPercent Asian73939%White, Not Hispanic94450%Hispanic/Latino1267%Other352%
Total:1890
 
Source:
http://pausd.org/community/about/downloads/SPSA/GunnSPSA_DataPages_Fall2010.pdf 
 
Enrollment By Grade
Number 9th Grade44810th Grade50811th Grade47812th Grade478
Total:1912Source:
Alcohol/Drug Use Data
The data presented below is from the report (see link at bottom) on Gunn High School. Insome cases, the tabular presentation of the data has been slightly reorganized todemonstrate areas of concern, since the categories do, on occasion, include information thatis effectively “apples and oranges”. The use of “subtotals” helps to disambiguate the datain those tables, somewhat.The use of  RED highlights areas of student alcohol/drug use that should be of concern toall Palo Altans—not just those associated directly with the PAUSD.The use of YELLOW highlights areas of student alcohol/drug use that should be of concernto all Palo Altans—not just those associated directly with the PAUSD.
Student Sample Size
 Target Sample 431419Final Number386352 Average Response Size90%84%
 
Table A4.3
 
Current Alcohol or Drug Use, Past 30 Days
 Grade 9Grade11Students%%
Alcohol (at least one drink) 1124
115Binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a row) 41362 Marijuana 31362Inhalants 2210Cocaine 1210Methamphetamine or any amphetamine 215Ecstasy, LSD or other psychedelics 2210Other illegal drug or pill 1314
(Drugs) Subtotal:1123
110  Any drug use 41467Heavy drug user 3838 
Any of the above AOD Use 1227
129Two or more of the above at the sametime 36Question HS A.63-71/MS A.52-56: During the past 30 days, onhow many days did you use…alcohol…binge drink…marijuana…inhalants…cocaine…methaphetamine or anyamphetamine..esctasy, LSD, or other psychedelics…other illegeal drug or pill?na=not asked of middle school students
 Note—Using the demographic data above, an additional column been added, which provides the actual number of students involved in these illegal activities.

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