Marijuana is illegal in Tennessee for recreational and medical use. Yet, does the legality of cannabis stop people from using the drug? Obviously not. Marijuana companies in states where the drug is …
Marijuana is illegal in Tennessee for recreational and medical use. Yet, does the legality of cannabis stop people from using the drug? Obviously not. Marijuana companies in states where the drug is legal capitalize on Americans traveling to attend 4/20 events like The Cannabis Cup or Hippie Hill.
It is a growing business in these states. The legalization of marijuana has made it more mainstream. Marijuana companies use 4/20 events to promote the industry and its products, similar to alcohol companies during the Super Bowl or St. Patrick’s Day, and rightfully so, like any other business.
It’s hard to ignore the influence of celebrities, influencers, and businesses pushing their products and brands through social media or other outlets. Parents should be aware of this influence and have constructive conversations with their kids about marijuana and its associated effects.
“Education and prevention efforts are effective in helping teens avoid marijuana use altogether. Its goal is also to help them make informed decisions as an adult, understand the risks, and manage peer pressure as a teen,” said Marcel Gemme, Founder & CEO of Addicted.org.
In Tennessee, 16% of residents aged 12 and older had used marijuana in the past year. Among 12 to 17-year-olds, 11% had used the drug in the past year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Early conversations with kids about marijuana make a big impression. Consider some of the following tips:
Teens generally avoid drugs and alcohol when they have strong and trusting relationships with their parents; make a point of having frequent conversations.
The reality is there are adverse effects associated with using marijuana at this age. The teen brain is actively developing and continues to develop until age 25. THC has addictive properties, which a young growing brain is more susceptible to.
4/20 has become a massive commercial event in most states where recreational marijuana is legal. These early conversations have a real tangible impact and should not be ignored.
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