Article by Emily Gray Brosious, Extract
“Mommy and daddy, what’s marijuana?”
That’s a question parents in places like Oregon may be more likely to hear their children ask, now that the state has legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older.
The drug’s increased availability and market visibility means more families are grappling with how to talk to their kids about marijuana, and some parents aren’t exactly sure how to do that.
That’s where the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) wants to get involved.
The OHA has released an online toolkit to help parents initiate the pot talk with their kids.
“The Parent Guide is a free tool designed to help you understand marijuana, your kid’s social world and ease your way into an informed, nonjudgmental discussion,” the OHA’s website says.
Although Oregon has legalized marijuana for adult use, the drug remains illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase or use. Not surprisingly, the OHA’s Parent Guide takes a strong oppositional stance toward underage marijuana use.