PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Meet Dr. Cindy Scott. On a Friday night she took some time to talk to Arizona’s Family about an issue she’s passionate about.
“Everybody is seeing it, but unfortunately parents — the information hasn’t gotten to us yet,” Scott said.
She’s talking about the dangers surrounding vaping marijuana. Scott is a professor of justice studies at Northern Arizona University and is part of a public forum being held on Saturday in Phoenix.
Every year the program partners with other organizations to address a pressing topic. Scott says they want parents to know the concerns experts have about vaping marijuana that’s purchased on the black market.
“The stuff that’s being vaped, it’s a high concentration form of THC,” Scott said. “And it’s actually up to like 90% THC.”
Years ago Scott says that number may have been more like 4% and she says these days kids don’t know what they’re inhaling.
Just last week, the Prescott Valley Police Department issued a warning after six people were sent to the hospital. Officers say they got sick after vaping marijuana with those high levels of THC. Officers just want to remind everyone how dangerous it can be to buy products not monitored by the health department.
As a parent and former police officer, Scott brings a unique perspective to the table.
“We want to make it a comprehensive view of this entire issue,” Scott said. “So from how it’s manufactured to how it’s trafficked, to how it’s pushed on our kids, to how the criminal justice system is viewing it.”
One of the keynote speakers includes Col. Frank Milstead, the director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Other panel members will include representatives from the Phoenix Police Department and Honor Health. There will also be services available to those struggling with addiction, Scott said.