Salem day care suspended over medical pot use

, Posted: Mon, June 30 2014 at 1:28 PM, Updated: Mon, June 30 2014 at 4:37 PM

Salem day care suspended over medical pot use

Salem, Ore. --- (KGW) The state of Oregon has suspended the license of a daycare in Salem because the manager and other staff members smoke pot at the facility while children are on-site.

But the manager of the Alphabet Academy Learning Center, Charity Araujo, says she has a medicinal marijuana prescription and the state has okay her use, with a couple provisions.

First, she is not allowed to smoke pot in the presence of the children. And second, there must be another adult present to be the primary caregiver of the children when she’s high. Araujo said she’s not doing anything wrong.

“Stop being so judgmental, it’s not like we're running around playing with our kids all high,” Araujo told KGW.

She said four employees have medicinal marijuana prescriptions. And she’s confident the state will reinstate the day care’s license.

“I think that it's the lack of knowledge that's the problem,” she said.

Parents who take their kids to day care centers and schools in Portland are now asking questions.

“Of course safety is a really big concern,” said mother of three Maarit Pulli.

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