Talking to your kids about important issues

Kids are more likely to talk to you about challenges, drugs, alcohol, sex and other issues affecting them if you create a safe space. Start talking to them early and often. If you can be non judgmental, it allows them to be more open and honest.
Conversation Starters

Conversation Starters

  • It’s never too early to start the conversation
  • Establish yourself as a resource
  • Consider your actions
  • Listen to their answers
  • Establish a culture of care
  • Build a trusting relationship
  • Use facts not fear
  • Talk about the positives
  • Practice how to say no

Legal Consequences

Legal Consequences

  • Suspended or expelled from school or sports activities
  • Marijuana charges can lead to loss of federal financial aid for college, scholarships and grants
  • Jeopardizes current or future employment
  • Fines, loss of driver’s license, misdemeanor/felony charges

Setting Goals

Setting Goals

  • Talk about reasons to avoid using marijuana while under age
  • Identify triggers and high risk situations
  • Establish an alternative to each trigger or situation
  • Discuss your action plan early and often

Health Effects

Health Effects

  • Decreased athletic ability
  • Harder time learning, remembering and lower math and reading scores
  • Respiratory and breathing problems
  • Decrease in developing brain to full potential – brain is still developing until age 25

What is Vaping?

What is Vaping?

  • Inhaling or exhaling vapor produced by an electronic device
  • Can look like a pen or vary in size
  • Refillable, can be rechargeable or disposable

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

  • There is no safe amount of marijuana use while pregnant
  • IF THC gets into your breast milk, it can be passed to the baby and potentially impact their ability to learn later in life
  • Marijuana stays in your breast milk much longer than alcohol

Facts About Retail Marijuana

Facts About Retail Marijuana

  • Be sure to teach your children not to eat or drink anything with the “THC” symbol
  • Must be 21 to purchase retail marijuana and cannot purchase than 1 oz at one time
  • Licensed Colorado Dispensaries are the only places you can purchase marijuana, it is illegal to re-sell it

Safe Storage & Use as a Parent

Safe Storage & Use as a Parent

  • Store all marijuana in a locked location out of sight and out of reach of your children
  • Do not expose children to secondhand smoke
  • Have a plan for your children’s supervision if you choose to use