Teacher accused of having a student b...

Teacher accused of having a student buy marijuana for her

There are 3 comments on the WRGB story from Mar 12, 2006, titled Teacher accused of having a student buy marijuana for her. In it, WRGB reports that:

Thirty-eight-year-old teacher Laura Smith admits it was a "stupid" thing to do. But she says she did it out of desperation because she was in so much pain from an immune disorder related to mold exposure in ...

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Robert Robinson


#1 Mar 13, 2006
This letter is in response to the New Paltz teacher
accused of getting her student to buy marijuana for
her. Not to excuse her alleged negligent actions, but
it is sad to see someone in so much pain and fear be
driven to such desperate measures for medicine.

It is also sad to know that it is easier for a 14 year
old to get marijuana than an adult. Every time a
politician try's to justify the war on drugs, they
claim it is about protecting the children, or sending
the wrong message. But an illegal drug market place
does not ask for ID, listen to messages, or have any
safety measures in place.

Enough is enough. If we really want to protect our
children and be a free and compassionate society, we
need to allow for medical marijuana immediately. Than
reexamine our current marijuana policies.

Robert Robinson
Executive Director - NY NORML
William Dobbs


#2 Mar 15, 2006
I Am an old friend of Miss Smith and I am deeply saddened to read of her plight. Although I have not seen her for many years I can assure you she is a caring person who would not set out to intentionally harm anyone, let alone children. It is a shame she was driven to such measures that it has cost her, her career. I am sure there are many other teachers out there who have done far worse than Laura has and have never been caught or charged. My thoughts and prayers go out to her.

Syracuse, NY

#3 Mar 18, 2006
Although i am in total sympathy with ms smith's predicament, i am motivated to ask WHAT WAS SHE THINKING???

She's in NEW PALTZ for goodness sakes! it isn't like her only alternative would be to sidle up to the stained raincoat wearing, drooling guy hanging out near the playground or anything. Ask anyone you know & trust not to gossip. a colleague, for example, or someone with older kids.

and yes, we need to decriminalize the medicinal applications as a separate issue.

Nobody (with an ounce of intelligence or any feeling), could possibly choose to deny a person's right to relief of pain.

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