Marijuana Education Resources

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