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West Hancock Day on the Hill

High school students from West Hancock participated in this year's Day on the Hill event at the Iowa Capitol.

BRITT | Members of the West Hancock Student Wellness Assistance Team (SWAT) visited with legislators about substance abuse prevention during a recent trip to the Iowa Capitol.

The West Hancock SWAT students go to the Substance Abuse Prevention Day on the Hill every year. 

The students divided into two teams. One team spoke to Rep. Terry Baxter, R-Garner, while the other visited with Sen. Dennis Guth, R-Klemme. 

The students spoke to the legislators about raising the tax on alcoholic beverages and the proposed legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes.

West Hancock junior Caleb Eckels said SWAT is against marijuana legalization, noting a lot of people don't realize how dangerous it is. 

Leslie Barranca, a senior at West Hancock who serves as the president of SWAT, said the students also spoke to Guth and Baxter about edible marijuana products.

She said the danger of these products is their appeal to children.

It would be easy to overdose because "you don't know anyone who eats just half a cookie," Barranca said. 

The legislators "seemed interested in our ideas and they gave us good feedback," she said.

Eckels said it's always interesting for the students to talk to the legislators and have them listen to them.

He said people tend to think of their representatives in the state legislature as being far above them, but "they are just working for you." 


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