Last month the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched a new awareness campaign, Responsibility Grows Here, for teaching parents and caregivers about the responsible use of marijuana, including information for pregnant and breastfeeding women, responsible use around children, and how to talk to youth about marijuana. From the CDPHE’s press release:
Trusted adults ― parents, family, teachers and others ― can have an enormous influence on whether a young person uses marijuana. Health department surveys show young people with parents who feel marijuana use is wrong are four times less likely to use it. Those young people who have family rules about marijuana use, parents they can talk to and supportive teachers are much less likely to use marijuana.
To take advantage of these strong relationships, the health department’s trusted adult campaign shows these role models how important their voices can be and provides them resources they need to talk to their kids about marijuana. Responsibility Grows Here has tips on how trusted adults can start a conversation about marijuana; listen to the concerns of their children; and share information about the health and legal consequences of underage marijuana use. It also provides tips on discussing how marijuana use can get in the way of finishing school, building a career or pursuing other life goals.
Parents and caregivers can find additional marijuana information by viewing the following resources:
- Answers to Common Questions About Marijuana
- Marijuana: Be Educated, Be Responsible
- Marijuana and Your Baby
- Marijuana Under 21 in Colorado
- Retail Marijuana: Tips for Parents
- Retail Marijuana in Colorado: Prevention Information for Youth-Serving Professionals
- Understand the Big Deal: How Marijuana Harms Youth
- Youth and Marijuana
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