Parenting Tips For When Kids Ask About Marijuana

OREGON:  Now that marijuana is legal in Oregon, kids are likely to notice it at younger ages and encounter it more often, which could mean more questions for their parents.

We talked with parents to find out what children and teens are thinking about marijuana. Then we passed those questions along to Ruth Bichsel, a licensed psychologist and program director for the University of Oregon’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program, and Emily Moser, program manager for Youthline, a program of the nonprofit Lines for Life, whose mission includes substance abuse prevention.

“What is marijuana?”

Moser said she’d respond, “That’s an interesting question. Is there a reason you’re asking, and what do you think it is?”


Parents 4 Pot Aims To Eliminate Stigma, Legal Implications For Marijuana Users With Families

CALIFORNIA: A Northern California group aims to remove the stigma and legal implications for parents who smoke marijuana.

Dubbed Parents 4 Pot, the group has a Facebook page and will soon launch an educational website. Organizers said they plan to form a board of directors and start advocating legislation.

“What we aspire to do is to change the way people understand and talk about cannabis in our community,” organizer Mickey Martin told The Huffington Post. Martin, a longtime marijuana reform activist, is the author of Medical Marijuana 101 and founded a marijuana edibles company. He is a parent to two boys. [Read more…]