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Colorado schools hiring staff to prevent underage Marijuana use

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Colorado has given 42 school districts and charter schools a combined $9.2 million to hire people and create programs to keep marijuana out of the hands of students.

The Denver Post reports the money is going to schools located near legal marijuana shops and is funded by proceeds from marijuana sales.

Districts are hiring nurses, social workers and counselors with the grant money to discourage underage marijuana use.

The Jefferson County School District plans to hire six social emotional learning specialists and three school nurses. Student services director Jon Widmeir says the district is trying to get ahead of a growing need for those services.

A state advisory committee found more than 5 percent of high school students in Colorado use marijuana daily. That's about the same rate as in 2005.

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