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Easing of pot laws poses challenge for parents: How do you talk about pot with your kids?

Posted by Kristi Palma  June 19, 2012 09:15 AM

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Marijuana growing on town-owned land in Cohasset (Photo: Cohasset Police Department)

Parents are finding it harder to talk to their kids about pot, due to the legalization and decriminalization of it across the country, according to this Associated Press story.
Medical marijuana is legal in 17 states (including Connecticut and Maine) and kids in some states see ads inviting new patients to try pot. Also, more than a dozen states have done away with criminal penalties for small-scale pot possession or made it a low-priority crime for police, according to the story. Many kids view pot as no big deal, the story reports. And parents now need to have marijuana discussions before middle school, where "pot use is surging."
Parents who use marijuana for medical reasons face the task of telling kids to do as they say, not as they do. One mom in this situation created a Facebook page called Moms for Marijuana to seek support.
Do you worry your kids think pot is no big deal? How do you talk to your kids about pot?

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