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Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Marijuana Talk Kit

As more and more states change their laws regarding marijuana, it comes as little surprise that the conversation is changing between parents and their children about the drug. As of right now, there are 23 states which allow the use marijuana for medical purposes. Another 18 states that have decriminalized the drug, and four states have legalized the drug for recreational purposes. The need to speak with children about marijuana use is great, especially in the states where the drug is deemed legal, those states include: Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

There are a number of parents who report that they are finding it difficult to open up dialogue with their children about the use of marijuana. In response, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has released a resource to assist parents in starting the conversation. The “Marijuana Talk Kit” guides parents by providing specific conversation starter examples for opening up the line of communication. It also provides parents with answers to use when responding to their teenagers questions about the drug.

The Marijuana Talk Kit encourages parents to practice active listening, as well as words to use and words not to use. Receiving informative responses from teenagers can be a bit like pulling teeth, choosing your words and how you respond can make a huge difference when attempting to have a serious conversation about drug use.

Many teens will tell you what they think you want to hear, this is natural because many times the fear of saying the wrong thing is associated with repercussions. The resource highlights the need for parents to come from a place of love and not from a place of “I’m the adult.”

The talk kit would like parents who engage in the use of marijuana to reflect on their own use before approaching their children, they ask that parents consider the effect their behavior has on their children.

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