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Marijuana legalization activists will have a hard time defending the predicatment a teacher faced when three third-graders were caught smoking weed at Sonora Elementary School in northern California, yesterday March 5.

Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson said the two eight-year-olds and one nine-year-old were the youngest dope heads he ever witnessed in his 33 years on the job.

Reports NBC News:

Police officers detained the youngsters for questioning, then released them to their parents, Stinson said.

The police chief of Sonora, a picturesque “Gold Country” town in the Sierra foothills about 130 miles east of San Francisco, said the youngest person he previously knew of being busted for smoking pot was about 10 years of age.

A pipe and a very small amount of marijuana were seized in last Thursday’s incident, he said, adding that the boys seemed to have had little smoking experience and did not appear to be under the influence when confronted.

Stinson declined to comment on anything the boys said, or on the possible origins of the pot, except to say that “it came from several sources.”

He said the incident will remain under investigation to determine whether the boys could be considered criminally culpable. Under California law, no one under 12 is usually charged with a crime, but the boys could be subject to juvenile justice proceedings.

“The first step is — we have to determine whether they knew right from wrong,” he told Reuters.

The superintendent of the local school district, Leigh Shampain, declined to comment on any details of the case but confirmed that students had been caught smoking marijuana in the school restroom last week.

Pay close attention to the pictures in the gallery so you can see where not to send your child if you live remotely in the area.

They specialize in readin’, ritin’ and rollin’ up.

Photo: KPIX-TV

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