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Marijuana is closing the gap with alcohol as the most used illegal substance among youth. This is concerning because growing scientific evidence illustrates that regular use of marijuana beginning in teen years can negatively impact brain development. Most notably the regions that control memory, impulse control, motivation, learning and decision making. Heavy use in adolescence or early adulthood has been associated with poor school performance, higher dropout rates, greater unemployment and lower life satisfaction. To learn more about the concerns associated with marijuana, check out the following links:


Know how to have the conversation:

  • Be a good listener.
  • Keep an open dialogue. Have short, frequent, calm conversations.
  • Use non-judgmental verbal and body language.
  • Set clear non-use expectations for your youth.

Youth who have conversations with their parents about substance use are less likely to use. Clear parental expectations are an act of love.

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