B.C. mom Scarlett Ballantyne wonders if Ottawa’s plans to legalize marijuana will make her 14- and 16-year-old daughters more inclined to try it. But she’s not waiting to find out.
Ballantyne says her family has been discussing the dangers of drug use since the girls were 13 — a pre-emptive strike as pot shops and marijuana headlines have been popping up everywhere they turn.
She’s proud to say they are athletic, self-confident kids, but she also gets the impression that their generation sees marijuana as “not that big of a deal.”
“As parents, it’s just (about) stressing to them that it is a big deal,” she says from her home in White Rock, south of Vancouver.
“There’s a reason why it hasn’t been legal and whatever my personal feelings about it are, they are still underage. They’re too young to smoke tobacco, they’re too young to smoke marijuana, they’re too young to drink alcohol. And there’s a reason for those rules.”
Many questions remain about what restrictions Ottawa might impose when it introduces legislation next year to legalize recreational use.