My goal is for you to have a discussion with your teen.
Why? Let me explain what it's like to live in a state with legalized recreational pot. I live in Washington state.
There are laws about where it's OK to use pot, but because it's as legal as cigarettes and alcohol now, they are not enforced by police (who are busy stopping crime not enforcing where people partake of legal products.) Police are just busy, and have lots of pressures. Without meaning to criticize them, I'm just saying that policing a legal substance is not their number one priority.
Many of my neighbors, as well as freedom-loving homeschool friends, proclaim pot as "God's herb" and tout the medicinal benefits. Even so, do your research. In many states, you can't get medicinal pot without a medical card from a doctor's office. Of course, I want you to talk to your teens about your own family values in these discussions also.
So, plan to talk about pot in a family meeting, or as part of your health class. I think it might help to start the discussion where it effects teens the most (money and driving). Then get into the detailed information about health reports and the economics of being stoned. Finally, come full circle with a fact sheet for teens, so they know what's really true when they read that final report.
What I did about topics like this was print articles, have my teen read the article, then we would discuss the topic over lunch each day.
One other thing, consider looking up the small African Nation of Djibouti together and discussing consequences of lack of motivation. For Djibouti, lack of motivation is a national crisis. Djibouti has a different legal herbal drug called Khat(cathinone). That country faces a huge crisis, as the majority are stoned on a daily basis, and it's estimated that 30% of household income is spent on the drug. The country faces an unemployment crisis where nearly 6 out of 10 people are unemployed. Read more; Djibouti: A nation High on Drugs . I don't pretend to know how khat and pot compare, other than they both reduce the motivation to work.
If you need help in your family, consider joining my Gold Care Club. I was a nurse prior to homeschooling my own kids and I can help you wade through side effects of pot, if your family is struggling with that.
I welcome family-friendly comments and other helpful articles that will encourage parents to continue the discussion with their teens.
Thanks for your support of this topic. It is a hard one to discuss. There are links in the article that can be helpful as a jumping off point for discussion. Maybe others will join in the discussion with other links, too.
Anita, Assistant to Lee
I would LOVE any links anyone has that would be appropriate for discussing with my teens, Thank you for putting light on this topic that DOES need to be discussed!