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?”