The next day, one of the buyers brought an edible to school and gave it to the boy who sold him the weed.
One student admitted to taking a small bite of the edible but a medical exam did not indicate any harm.
Voters in Colorado approved the possession and use of small amounts of cannabis by adults for recreational purposes in 2012, and the first state-licensed retail pot stores opened in the state in January.
The marijuana was reportedly purchased by grandparents in two different families, Gates told CBS News.
Another student, who was not a participant in the activity, observed the incident and reported it to school authorities. Gates said the district has disciplined the four fourth-graders — three boys and a girl — but did not elaborate. He also said that no charges are expected to be filed in connection with the incident.
Jennifer Sheldon, principal of Monfort Elementary, sent a letter home to parents informing them of the incidents and noting that “disciplinary action is underway” for the involved students, Reuters reported.
“We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol, or even firearms,” the letter stated. “This drug is potentially lethal to children and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.”