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Have you ever smoked pot?
I have, and I don’t think it’s that big of a deal for adults. I’m sure a lot more people have done it than we even realize and I’m sure a lot more do it now that retail marijuana is legal for adults 21+ in Colorado! It upsets me that it’s still such a taboo topic. After all, responsible use has many medical benefits for those who have been unsuccessful with other methods of pain relief.
The tough thing these days is having to talk to our youth about it. Yikes! That’s a topic I don’t think I’m really prepared for yet. HOPEFULLY I have a few more years before I actually have to have that chat, but in the meantime I have been trying to prepare myself for the day I do.
I’ve been spending a little bit of time reading over tips from this site: Good To Know Colorado. For instance, did you know that brain development is not fully complete until the age of 25? Underage retail marijuana use can impact youth’s learning, memory, coordination and judgement. For the best chance to reach their full potential, youth should not use marijuana.
But just as it can be good for some, it can be more dangerous for others. We need to keep chatting with our youth, with our kids… we need to be honest with them about the reasons not to use underage..
Some tips I picked up from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’ Good To Know website:
Start the conversation about underage retail marijuana use just like you would talk to your child about other drugs or alcohol.
Keep the conversation open and make sure the youth in your life know that they can come to you.
Your influence matters. matters. You might be surprised at how much influence your words, actions and opinions can have on your child’s choices.
And so does theirs!
Remind them that they’re role models for their younger siblings, and friends.
So let’s forget about how taboo talking about retail marijuana is … let’s talk about it! Be open, be real.