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Talk Marijuana

As of July 1, 2020, possession of small amounts of marijuana is decriminalized in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

BUT NOT FOR TEENS!

Start the talk now with your teens. Make sure they know that marijuana has NOT BEEN LEGALIZED and DECRIMINALIZATION DOES NOT APPLY TO TEENS!

How much do you know about marijuana?

Take this Quiz with your teen: https://www.samhsa.gov/marijuana-quiz

So Start Talking

Teens in Roanoke City are like any other teens. Peer pressure and social media can have a lot of influence on teens, but parents can have even more. According to research, kids are less likely to use marijuana if they know their parents disapprove.

Know the Consequences of Teen Marijuana Use

  • Marijuana can be addictive.
  • Marijuana is unsafe if you are behind the wheel.
  • Marijuana is linked to school failure, lower-income, and poor quality of life.
  • Short-term effects (while using or right after using): include learning, attention, and memory problems; distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch); poor coordination and motor skills; increased heart rate; and anxiety.
  • Long-term effects (effects of repeated use) include long-term learning and memory problems if heavy use begins during youth; risk for chronic cough, bronchitis; sleep problems, risk of schizophrenia in some people with higher genetic risk.

Tips for Parents

  • Be a good listener.
  • Set clear expectations about drug and alcohol use, including real consequences for not following family rules.
  • Help your child deal with peer pressure to use drugs.
  • Get to know your child’s friends and their parents.
  • Monitor your child’s whereabouts.
  • Supervise teen activities.
  • Talk to your child often.

Know the Consequences and Tips for Parents provided by https://drugpubs.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-facts-parents-need-know

Helpful Links & Resources

The following links may help you navigate this process and remember parental involvement is key to reducing marijuana use
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