Thursday, April 11, 2019

Joint Confusion


Seventh grade math. Sixth period. They did not want to come into the room. Because it smelled.

Middle school classrooms generally have an awful odor. I expect mustiness or body odor or someone passing gas. But that's not what caused the stink.

The room smelled like marijuana.

(I only recently learned what marijuana smells like. Call me naive. This sort of thing was not in my experience. But someone pointed it out--the upstairs neighbors partake--and now I realize it wasn't always a skunk in the neighborhood.)

I assumed the smell came from outside, but the neighboring classrooms weren't reeking. I got a whiff of it before fifth period started. Someone was smoking outside at lunch?

Fifth period had been difficult. I spent most of the period circulating the room. Keeping the kiddos on task didn't happen. I worked on keeping them seated.

You'd think I would have noticed someone smoking in class.

Considering the smell in sixth period, apparently not.

It was so bad, an assistant principal stopped by and walked the room.

(So, if my assignments suddenly dry up, we'll all know why.)

I swear, it wasn't me. And I have no idea how a kiddo could have hid that so well. Especially one who thinks marijuana in class is a good idea.

Is marijuana legal in your state/area? What crazy stuff did you sneak in school? 

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24 comments:

  1. I went ot high school in the 70's. Students were allowed ot smoke cigarettes on campus, but were expected to leave the building to do so. In cold weather they'd gather in the hallway behind the west gym, which offered easy access to the yard in the event a teacher came by. the hallway reeked of tobacco and occasionally pot as well. My locker was in that hallway junior year, and I'd often joke about the "contact high" I could get when I visited my locker.

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    1. Did the students have to be over 18? That's the legal age for tobacco in CA.

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  2. Canabis is illegal in France, but kids use to smoke outside, just at the other side of the school gate, street side. So funny it happened in classroom! Wasn't a good one, otherwise other kids would have been peaceful ;))

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  3. Medical marijuana has been legal for some time in CA. Recreational marijuana is now legal, but farms have to jump through hoops to convince local cities/counties to establish dispensaries.

    In college, my school floated on wkends. I was not in the cloud, though.

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    1. Floated? I am not familiar with this term.

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  4. Maybe someone was smoking so much that they started to sweat it. :P

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  5. Wow. Songbird's comment just goes to show how radically the world has changed. I never smuggled anything into the school, myself. Sorry you have to smell mj in your own home. Yuck.

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    1. Not often. Like, twice. But now I know what that smell is when I smell it elsewhere.

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  6. Woohoo! It just became legal here in Canada! I am not one who smokes it but I take oil for my pain and this will make it easier for me than go through the doctors. As for at your school...that’s nuts...not surprising but still nuts. I have to laugh that you didn’t know what it smelled like. I have a story....when I was looking for a home, my mom and my husband, at that time, went with the real estate agent to this one house. They had just smoked one and the haze was heavy. I made sure my mom didn’t say anything but she was unusually quiet. When we left, the agent was laughing that she felt high already but my mom was quiet with her lower lip pursed out. I asked what was wrong and she hesitated for a second and then said in a very disagreeable tone, “ the least they could do is clean their dirty sock!” We all just about fell down from laughing.,

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    1. I kept thinking, "Where is that skunk coming from?" Although, sometimes it was a skunk. (I saw the skunk with my own eyes, so that didn't help the confusion.)

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  7. Considering I was in high school mid 70's graduated in 78. Most of us smokes pot not on school ground. But they did have place for cigarette smoking, although I never smoked cigarettes. I recall one girl getting caught with marijuana in her locker. No Idaho hasn't legal any part of marijuana things are little backward...sort of think of like Mississippi. But all the states borders us has legal marijuana. Also there was some type of passage in our state senators of legalize hemp although 3 votes against it. Not sure where it at now...Coffee is on

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  8. I have smelled it, but still never recognize the smell. Here in Vietnam, it is illegal. The most sneaking I ever did was notes, but I do believe my sister smuggled in alcohol. She wouldn't have been drinking in class, though, since she smuggled it in in shampoo bottles!

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    1. You never know. I've seen kiddos do some strange things...

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  9. Ganja is legal here. Ganja is the African name for dope.
    In South Africa you can have up to four plants in your garden, which produces an enormous amount of heads, and you can smoke it in private but not at work. Personally, I think the legalization was a good thing, there's 27 percent unemployment in this country so people do look for ways to escape their sad poverty.
    Enjoyable post.
    Blessings from Geoff in South Africa.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I may sound like I disapprove, but I was all for legalization (voted for it, even when it failed). Just not minors and not at school.

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  10. In New York, where I live, medical marijuana is legal but it's heavily regulated, only permitted for a specified list of conditions, and neither edibles or smokables are permitted. I grew up in the 60's and while I never smoked it, I can say I am well familiar with the smell.

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    1. If you went to any concerts at all in the '60s, I'm sure you got a contact high :)

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  11. Well that's certainly bold of them. But obviously they don't make great choices. smh No legal here and I'm okay with it staying that way.

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  12. Even though I am of the 60's HS generation, I wouldn't be able to identify the smell either. My view on usage has changed though. Especially towards the medical. I've watched too many of my loved ones suffer when they didn't have too. There is a battle here in NJ to get recreational legal. You can get medical but have to jump through hoops and it's expensive.

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  13. No marijuana is not legal in India. But it's available underground, and generally the smokers know from where to get it. Earlier smoking in public places was common, but you rarely see that now.
    Selling of tobacco products within 100 meter radius of an educational institution is banned in India. One doesn't get to see many young adults smoking publicly. But there are many students who do, far away from the eyes of people who might know them.
    No, I haven't smuggled anything into school or class.

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    1. People who like that sort of thing always know where to find it ;)

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  14. We used to live in a twinhome. The neighbors were constantly lighting up. Even though I had smoked pot a couple of decades earlier, I too, needed a refresher on what that skunky smell was. We still joke that's why our oldest is so mellow. Imagine You're on a Beach: Visualization

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