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30 I don't want children (minors) to be able to smoke marijuana. How can I stop this?




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This article is from the Hemp / Cannabis / Marijuana FAQ, by Brian S. Julin verdant@twain.ucs.umass.edu with numerous contributions by others.

30 I don't want children (minors) to be able to smoke marijuana. How can I stop this?

Legalize it. They can smoke it now; it is about as easy
to get as alcohol. There would be less marijuana being sold
in schools, playgrounds, and street corners, though, if it
was sold legally through pharmacies -- because the dealers
would not be able to compete with the prices. If you are a
parent, the choice is really up to you: Do you want your
children to sneak off with their friends and use marijuana
which they bought off the street, or do you want to talk to
them calmly and explain to them why they should wait until
they are older? Your children are not going to walk up to
you and tell you that they use an illegal drug, but if it
was not such a big deal they might give you a chance to
explain your feelings. Besides, would you rather children
use speed, cocaine, and alcohol?

Consider, also, that children have a natural urge to do
things that they aren't supposed to. It is called
curiosity. By making such a fuss over marijuana, you make
it interesting (some call it the `forbidden fruit' factor.)
This is made worse when children are lied to about drugs by
teachers and police -- they lose respect for the school and
the government. In a lot of ways, it is the hysteria about
drugs which causes the most harm. When marijuana users do
none of the horrible things they are supposed to, children
may think that other more harmful drugs are OK, too. Your
children will not respect you unless you are calm and give
good reasons for your rules. The first step is for you, the
parent, to learn the facts about drugs.

(a good book about drugs for parents and children)

``From Chocolate To Morphine'' by Andrew Weil pub. data pending
(a new edition will be coming out very soon!)

 

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