Why Parents Dreading Legal Weed Should Consider Chilling Out: Teitel

Article by Emma Teitel, The Toronto Star

In Colorado use of pot among teenagers declined slightly after it was made legal, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. One of the most common criticisms of legalizing marijuana is that it will negatively impact Canadian youth.

The annual worldwide celebration of marijuana smoking, a.k.a. 4/20, has always struck me as a little bit awkward. This is because the day on which it falls and from which it gets its name — April 20 —{+ }also happens to be the birthday of Adolf Hitler, a man whose memory (for most) does not inspire the kind of good vibes one hopes to achieve at a weed festival. Hitler, as a 4/20 reveller might put it, was not a chill dude.

The federal Liberal party, on the other hand, is doing its best to prove that it’s packed full of chill dudes and of course, dudettes. (It’s 2017, after all.)

Last month, amid criticism that they lack progressive chops, the Libs announced plans to table legislation that may very well give Canada a brand new, Hitler-free 4/20 all its own. To be more specific, if things go as planned for Trudeau’s Liberals, marijuana will be officially legal in the great white north on July 1, 2018. Goodbye 4/20. Hello Cannabis Day. I mean Canada Day.

The fireworks will be so trippy, the hamburgers so juicy, and the parents of teenagers: so un-chill.

After all, one of the most common criticisms levelled at legal weed is that it will negatively impact Canadian youth. That it will turn teenagers’ minds to putty and persuade even the most prudish Poindexter to trade in his good sense for a ride on the reefer train, because when something previously illegal suddenly turns legit, well, who can resist?

But if you are a parent sick with worry, I have good news for you. Because it turns out there is something extremely easy that you can do to prevent the pot-fuelled collapse of Canadian youth and the transformation of Canada Day into Cannabis Day next July 1:

Relax. Chill out. Have a glass of wine in the bath and maybe if you’re up to it, engage the adolescent under your roof in a calm and reasonable discussion about the potential dangers of smoking pot.

Because despite how much we may worry about and reprimand young people for smoking marijuana or drinking beer, or freebasing heroin (just kidding) research suggests that it is the opposite approach — the non-authoritarian approach — that produces the soberest result.

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