From Pokemon to Pot, Kids on the Playground Are Selling It

Ten plus years ago, circa 2002, selling Pokémon cards was the most popular thing to do on the playground. And when I say “sell,” what I really mean is, “give me your blue Crazy Bones and I’ll give you Charmander Pokemon.”

Well, this week, kids are selling pot. On the playground. For money. (Well, one kid didn’t have any dollar bills on him, so he exchanged it for a piece of his grandparents’ edibles, but still.)

Bottom line: Four ten-year-olds in Colorado were busted for buying and selling their grandparents’ marijuana on a playground.

Is what happened on the playground in Colorado a direct effect with the state’s decision to legalize marijuana? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, John Gates, the school’s safety director, sent a letter home that said, “We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol or even firearms. This drug is potentially lethal to children, and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.”

Weed is clearly becoming more and more popular with every passing day, but for some reason, I find the trading of Pokemon cards and Crazy Bones way more appealing.

Credit: Eric Herbst