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What Colorado Parents Need to Know About This New Youth Marijuana Education and Prevention Campaign

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When retail marijuana became legal for adults 21+ in Colorado on January 1, 2014, Mile High Mamas had a huge surge in traffic. I didn’t make a connection until I realized the reason: people were finding out how to get stoned and thought our name Mile “High” Mamas was funny.

No matter where you stand on the issue, our kids + drugs = no laughing matter.

brainpotentialIn the state of Colorado, preventing and deterring youth use has never been more important. That’s why I feel so strongly about Good to Know, a new campaign from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It helps parents so we are prepared to have informed, open and honest conversations that will help our youth make healthy decisions.

I’ve assumed most people would be opposed to exposing our kids to this drug but I’ve been surprised by some of the feedback I’ve received that includes “Kids will be kids,” “It’s a rite of passage and everyone’s doing it” or “It’s OK because the tax money will go back to our schools.”

We know that the brain is still developing until age 25 and that marijuana, as well as other substances, impacts brain development. The most recent Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) data indicates that in 2013, one in five high school and middle school students reported using marijuana in the last 30 days.

The bad: one in five students is using. The good: four out of five students are not so let’s hope that number has not risen since its legalization in 2014.

Talking to youth about marijuana can be challenging for many adults. With this in mind, the health department’s new resource portal, GoodtoKnowColorado.com/Talk, gives adults the information and resources they need to feel confident talking about marijuana with the young people in their lives. This tremendous resource includes information on the following:

  • Health Effects – Information about how underage marijuana use can impair learning and memory,   coordination, judgment and brain development.
  • Legal Consequences – Details on the legal consequences of underage marijuana use including potential loss of financial aid, job or driver’s license.  
  • Marijuana 101 – Information on common slang terms for marijuana, methods of consumption and   details on safe storage
  • Talking Tips for Parents and Youth-Serving Professionals – Age-specific recommendations on how to   talk to youth about marijuana.(Click to Enlarge)

Take Action

Please become a part of Good to Know’s important campaign that takes on the task of speaking to youth directly, empowering adults to inform and give our youth the tools they need to succeed. Our kids are smart and have promising futures so let’s give them all the tools they need to succeed!

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This post is Sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Opinions are our own.

 

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Comments
  • comment avatar Jeana September 21, 2015

    Amen. I hope that we will all agree this is detrimental to our kids’ brain development. And I’m not talking about its use for medical purposes. I’m talking about using it to get stoned. The numbers quoted were from before it was legalized. I’m almost positive that has gone up.

  • comment avatar Sara September 21, 2015

    How timely. Humans of New York posted an interview with a teacher today about this very topic. Here’s the direct link: http://ow.ly/Su3i2

    “I hate pot. I hate it even more than hard drugs. I’ve taught high school for 25 years and I hate what marijuana does to my students. It goes beyond missing homework assignments. My students become less curious when they start smoking pot. I’ve seen it time and time again. People say pot makes you more creative, but from what I’ve seen, it narrows my students’ minds until they only reference the world in relation to the drug. They’ll say things like: “I went to the beach and got so high,” or “I went to a concert and got so high.” They start choosing their friends based on the drug. I hate when people say that it’s just experimenting. Because from what I’ve seen, it’s when my students stop experimenting.”

  • comment avatar Kelly September 24, 2015

    I’m surprised the infographic only starts at age 13. It’s a little late by then. I’ve already been talking about smoking with my three year old. If she asks, it’s time to talk.

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