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A closer look at the data: Marijuana and K-12 schools

A team investigation by Education News Colorado, Solutions and the I-News Network looked at the reasons behind a 45 percent spike in drug violations in Colorado K-12 public schools over the past four years.

Read the story, School officials, others cite prevalence of medical marijuana as drug violations spike on K-12 campuses. Here’s a look at the data behind the findings:

In addition, this spreadsheet shows a listing of all K-12 public schools located within 1,200 feet of a medical marijuana facility licensed by the state. This story about the recently announced federal crackdown includes an explanation of how the spreadsheet was created.

You can also look up your school’s drug violation history for the past four years on our database and check our interactive map to see any school location and any medical marijuana facilities located nearby.

Drug violations increase as other violations reported to state decline

Suspensions for drug violations compared to suspensions for all other violations

Expulsions for drug violations compared to expulsions for all other violations

Referrals to law enforcement for drug violations compared to referrals for all other violations

Denver Police arrests for drug violations at Denver Public Schools