If marijuana is legal, how do you explain to your child that it’s still not a good idea to smoke pot? NPR explores this quandary, saying the new laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana have made parental conversations tougher.
The laws in Colorado and Washington ban use of the drug for people under age 21. Since marijuana poses a risk to still-developing brains, it’s especially important for young people to avoid the drug. Dr. Leslie Walker, a pediatrician and chief of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, tells NPR that early marijuana smoking can lead to addiction: “You put something like marijuana into the mix of a developing brain and, for some kids, it’s going to be the first time they’ve had a drug that’s going to cause lifelong addiction for them.”
Experts caution parents to be careful about smoking marijuana in front of their kids because the second-hand smoke is harmful and because it sends the message that drugs can help solve your stress problems.
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