July 12, 2017

States that loosen penalties for possessing and using marijuana could give children the impression that the drug is safe, according to an article in the Chesapeake Family Life magazine.

As access and perceptions of the drug change, parents should talk to their children about the potential dangers of using marijuana said Amelia Arria, associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.

“Parents should never give up having really good conversations, not necessarily to educate their children about the risks but to explain their clear disapproval and give reasons for that,” Dr. Arria said. “Put a more positive spin on it and say, ‘I realize you have a lot of potential, a lot of interests you want to pursue. Drug use, alcohol use, tobacco use, it all gets in the way.’”

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