Post sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
I voted for the legalization of marijuana when it came up on the Colorado ballot a few years ago. There were many reasons that I thought it was the right thing to do as you can read in that post, but I’m also realizing how naive I’ve been about marijuana, its impact on kids, and the many forms it comes in.
It was timely that Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is addressing this issue because my 13 year old (8th grade) is surrounded by kids making the choice to use marijuana on a daily basis.
How do I know? She tells me.
On the one hand I am incredibly grateful that we are talking about this, on the other hand I’m scared to death that we’re approaching the years when all these choices are going to be faced by her and my other two kids not long after.
For me, being armed with knowledge is the first step to helping our kids make these choices. I KNOW my kids won’t smoke cigarettes because they’re fully aware of what tobacco does to your body and they are too interested in their sports to ever jeopardize that. So how do I get the same ideas across about marijuana?
Marijuana Talking Points
Good to Know created new resources aimed at giving influential adults – parents, teachers, coaches, etc. – the tools they need to talk to kids knowledgeably about marijuana and how its use could affect their goals.
- Your brain is developing until age 25. Youth that use marijuana are more likely to have difficulty learning, memory issues and lower math and reading scores.
- THC in any form will likely impair ability to drive, play sports, play video games, bike, or do other activities.
Marijuana is addictive. It is harder to stop using marijuana if started at a young age.
Financially & Legally
Marijuana charges can cause loss of financial aid for college, even outside Colorado. Including: Perkins Loans, Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, PLUS Loans, and Work-Study Programs.
Breaking school policies can result in removal from sports teams and extracurricular activities, school suspensions, expulsions and drug counseling.
- Underage use is illegal.
It’s Not Just Smoking Any More
For those of you like me, who don’t really have much experience with marijuana or other drugs, do you know all the ways kids can use marijuana? It’s not just smoking like you may have been used to from your past. Here are a few more…
- Topical Lotions
- Dabbing Hash Oil/Wax
The thing that makes me the most nervous is that the methods of ingestion are so varied, I’m not sure my kids would even recognize they were being given something with marijuana in it. With cigarettes and even alcohol, the taste and/or mechanism is obvious. But what about edibles?
Did you know they can even be gummy bears?
What happens if someone else in the house buys these edibles and leaves them where a young child can find them? Do you know many 7 year olds that wouldn’t eat a gummy bear they found left unattended? Please, please, please keep them locked up, out of reach and out of sight and be responsible if you bring them into a house with children. Or a house where children visit.
But most importantly? TALK to your kids about all the varied forms marijuana can take and make sure they know to ask an adult before eating at a friend’s house.
Help your kids protect themselves and check out the resources at Good to Know to help you.
How about you? Any tips for talking to your kids about marijuana?