Talk to Your Child About Marijuana

Legalization means it’s more important than ever to talk to your children. Find out what you should know.

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Effects of marijuana on growing children

  1. Is marijuana Risky For Youth?

    Frequent marijuana use can affect the ways developing brains grow. And brains don’t finish developing until a person’s mid-twenties! For young people, marijuana is NOT harmless. As a parent, it’s important to let your child know the risks that come with using marijuana.

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  2. What should I know about marijuana and my child?

    Using marijuana can be harmful to your child’s development. One of the best ways to prevent your child from using is by simply talking to them. Parents are the number one influence on their children’s behavior. There’s never going to be a perfect time to talk to your child about marijuana, but it’s an important conversation to have. It’s up to you to start that dialogue.

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Talking to your child about Marijuana?

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  1. How do I know if my child is using Marijuana?

    Starting conversations about marijuana early can help you get ahead of this conversation. If you think your child might be using marijuana, head to our checklist here. No matter how tough the conversation gets, it’s important to stay positive. You got this!

  2. Why Talk About Marijuana?

    Having conversations with supportive adults makes young people much, much less likely to start using marijuana or other substances. These tricky conversations build trust, give you insight into what’s going on in your child’s life, and improve outcomes for your child.
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  3. When Should I start Talking About Marijuana?

    Talking about marijuana isn’t just a one-time lecture you can get out of the way. As a parent, you need to start the conversation, and then follow up as your child grows. Focus on their goals, and explain how marijuana can get in the way of achieving those goals.

  4. What is the right tone to take?

    Avoid dramatic lectures or confrontational statements as much as possible, because they can backfire and actually shut down dialogue. Instead, ask open-ended questions that require more than a yes or no response, and listen carefully to the answers. When your child feels heard, they are more likely to listen.

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  5. Where can I find resources for talking to my child about marijuana?

    Good parenting involves tackling problems BEFORE they become problems. That can mean starting difficult conversations, like ones about marijuana. It might not always feel easy, but remember that parents all over Vermont are having similar conversations. You are not alone. For in-depth tips to help you get started, check out our Free Marijuana Talk Kit.

  6. Where can I find resources for talking to my child about drinking, or other drugs?

    For other parenting topics, check out more resources here.

Marijuana laws in Vermont you should know

Legalization means that marijuana is legal under some circumstances, but there are still laws that govern when and how it can be used. Staying up-to-date on the new marijuana laws helps you stay informed as a parent about how they may apply to you and you children.
 

  1. How old do you have to be to possess Marijuana in Vermont?

    Adults 21 and older may legally to possess marijuana.

  2. I’m over 21. If I choose to use Marijuana, How do I protect my child?

    It’s important to remember that you are your child’s role model. If they start using while they are still growing it can negatively affect their brain development, so you don’t want to accidentally encourage them to start. Take the time to carefully consider your own use, especially if your child is seeing you use. If you keep marijuana in the house, treat it the same way you would alcohol, or anything else you wouldn’t want your child getting into. Lock it up, and take steps to safeguard against your child helping themselves.

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  3. Can you get a DUI for driving high?

    YES! Marijuana impairs motor functions and slows down reaction times, just like alcohol. And just like alcohol, having marijuana in your system while driving can lead to a DUI.