With the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana and marijuana-infused foods and beverages in Washington state this week, and the development of a commercial marijuana market over the next year, parents are asking what they should say to their children.
Since parents are the primary influence on adolescent behavior, even if it may not seem that way, it is important to discuss the new law and what is expected in your family. High school students who smoke marijuana report that they started between the ages of 13 -14 so conversations need to start early.
First, ask children what they know about marijuana. This is a good time to correct the many myths about marijuana. For example, many teenagers tell us that marijuana cures cancer. This is not true.
Then move on to the facts. Read full post »