Cannabis is everywhere in popular culture today. More so than ever, cannabis has attained widespread societal acceptance. Whether they like it or not, parents are faced with the reality of talking to their kids about cannabis in a whole new way. How do you tackle the subject? Do you take the abstinence approach (e.g. D.A.R.E. programs) which says absolutely no to cannabis? Or are you a harm reduction proponent – the idea that if cannabis is going to be a part of our culture, there are safe ways to use it?
Harm reduction proponents cite statistics in states and countries where cannabis has been legalized, and the results might surprise you. Research has found find that teen cannabis use is actually lower in those states or countries where cannabis is legalized for adult use. For instance, in Holland, where cannabis has been tolerated for decades, teen cannabis use is among the lowest in the world.
A recent study takes a look at teen cannabis use and finds that teens actually use less cannabis in those states with legalized adult-use cannabis versus those states that still enforce cannabis prohibition. Check out this article:
The research is showing that legalizing cannabis for adult use is actually minimizing cannabis use among teens. What are your thoughts on this subject? @memberdirectory, is legalization of cannabis for adults good for kids? Let’s have a discussion here.