Judge says Texas teacher shouldn't be punished for marijuana use in Colorado

January 24,2017 | By Will Axford, Houston Chronicle

A judge is recommending a Texas high school teacher should not face legal trouble for legally trying marijuana in Colorado.The New York Times   reports Maryam Roland, a science teacher at Parkland High School in El Paso, told school district officials that she ingested edible marijuana during the 2014-15 Christmas break in Colorado.  

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The Texas Education Agency asked the State Office of Administrative Hearings to look into the case, according to The New York Times. TEA sought to suspend Roland's license for two years after testing positive for marijuana. She resigned in February 2015.

Judge William G. Newchurch ruled that he did not find Roland "unworthy to instruct" after the ingestion. He recommended the TEA not suspend her teaching license, reports the Times.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Newchurch wrote, "There is no evidence that (Roland's) behavior... suggested she was under the influence of marijuana" during school hours.

It's unclear if Roland will return to teaching.


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