Parents across the US face a mounting task of keeping their adolescent teenagers in check, as marijuana legalization becomes a reality. The legalization of the drug across the country continues to evoke belief among the youth that the drug may after all not be as dangerous as echoed in the past.
Risks at Hand
It is no longer a secret that a good number of them are already consuming the federally prohibited drug behind their parents back even as state laws prohibit the same. Recreational use of the drug remains banned in a good number of states, but even that has not stopped many of them from consuming it in different forms.
Given that, teenagers always question authority or regulations in place; parents face a mounting task as they move to set the record straight on its usage. Having constructive conversations about the potential effects of using marijuana promises to be the hardest task for most parents.
Parents may have to remind their children of the legal consequences that come with the use of pot for recreational purposes. Some districts have already instituted legislations that bar anyone under the age of 21 from attending organized school activities if found with marijuana. Expulsion or suspension from school are some of the punishments that might come into play in extreme cases.
Need For Constructive Discussions
The measures may seem adequate, but they could still fall short in instilling the required discipline and refrain among most teenagers. The fact that some celebrities, athletes, and high-profile people in the society smoke pot for recreational use mean most adolescents will always be tempted to use it just to feel equal.
Parents may have to think outside if their children are to shun marijuana use for recreational purposes.
Interactive discussions around the topic should come into play as this is the only way teenagers will be able to understand the good and the bad about marijuana.