Teen Marijuana Use
There is a myth in Marin County that marijuana is a harmless natural substance. The perception of harm was cut in half with the medicalization of marijuana and now it has been legalized in California. Actually, marijuana is a powerful psychoactive and addictive substance that inhibits academic, social and brain development in teens.
Adolescence is a period of learning new skills that determines success as an adult. These include driving, dating, education, socializing, and working. At a time when youth are making important decisions and lifetime habits are being created, marijuana can rob them of motivation, clarity and vital brain structure.
People believe that youth will grow out of their use with few consequences. Most adults who have addiction problems begin using drugs and alcohol between the ages of 12-17. Marijuana can also endanger our children’s lives and futures; 40% of all car accidents involve marijuana. Please do not underestimate the impact of your child’s marijuana use.