Now that marijuana is legal for adults in Colorado, it may be the right time to talk to the young people in your life about marijuana. But you need the right information. Of Colorado high-school seniors who have used marijuana, more than 1 out of 3 started before age 15. It’s important to start the conversation before they first try marijuana.
Talk to youth about marijuana to help them better understand the risks. Only about half of Colorado high-school students think that regularly using marijuana is harmful. Those who think marijuana is risky are much less likely to use it regularly. When you talk with youth, listen carefully and stay positive. Keep the conversation open so youth can come to you with questions. Knowing they can ask questions helps youth make good choices.
Talking with youth about their goals and dreams for the future helps them feel more connected to caring adults. Be honest with them about the health risks and legal consequences.
Starting the conversation
When talking to children or youth about marijuana, what you say may depend on how old they are.
Learn more about age-appropriate conversations with youth about healthy choices at ForwardTogetherCO.com. Encourage the youth in your life to engage in positive alternative activities with groups like the Colorado Boys & Girls Clubs. Help them to learn more about drug abuse prevention through resources like Rise Above Colorado.
Download shareable resources about youth and marijuana, tips for parents and tips for youth-serving professionals.