Marijuana has become the most widely used drug among today’s youth. At BHS, nearly half of senior students report ever having tried marijuana, and 1 in 4 teens who try it are likely to become heavy users. That trend is on the rise -- the recent legalization of marijuana for those 21 and older leads teens (and some adults!) to believe it’s not that harmful. However, studies also show marijuana use can negatively impact the teen brain at a crucial time in its development. This can lead to a range of social, learning, and mental health issues, impairing judgment and leading to risky behavior (including driving while stoned).
So how do we talk about marijuana with our kids? Check out "Why Not Pot? Ten Talking Points for Discussing Marijuana with Our Kids."
NETA OPENS IN BROOKLINE FOR RECREATIONAL SALES
On March 23, 2019, New England Treatment Access expanded its business from medical marijuana only to the first source in Greater Boston of recreational marijuana sales for those 21 and older. This makes it more important than ever for parents to counteract potentially increased access and confusing messages with clear information on the risks for youth.
For a clear picture of what may be out there tempting kids, from flowers and concentrates to edible candies, check out NETA's website.