Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Pot Talk for Parents

From  Jacoba Urist, writing for Today:

In retrospect, former first lady Nancy Reagan made the parental “pot talk” a bit easier with her "Just Say No" anti-drug message of the 1980s. 

But now that marijuana is legal in both Washington state and Colorado, parents are finding that talking to kids about pot is a more complicated conversation. Many are wondering: Should we focus more on responsible use, like families and schools do when discussing alcohol use?  

President Obama told the New Yorker that he doesn’t think smoking marijuana is “more dangerous than drinking alcohol.” However, he added: “It’s not something I encourage and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”

For the most part, Colorado parents seem to share the president’s attitude. As more licensed marijuana shops pop up, parents are telling their kids the retailers are no different from liquor stores.

Read more here.


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