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Pot is Medicinal and Becoming Legal; But What's Really Wrong with Kids Smoking Marijuana?

Updated on July 23, 2019
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A curious & natural writer, communicator & referee, Catherine is adept at simplifying & explaining some puzzling life conundrums.

"There are many people who are afraid of Marijuana and the legalization of it - mostly because of the myths surrounding it. But, let's be FAIR - it is ALSO because..."

Bongs for Sale at Seattle's Hempfest, 2013.
Bongs for Sale at Seattle's Hempfest, 2013.

Kids and Marijuana

Do You Know if Your Children Smoke Pot?

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Growing Acceptance of Pot

Colorado and Washington State have lead the US push into the sale of Marijuana for recreational purposes; and many states already have medical laws in place surrounding it. While it's still early, things are looking good in both Colorado & Washington as far as both increased revenue and lower crime rates go.

There are so many good uses for Cannabis that can be taken advantage of by the Human Race. It can feed us, clothe us, and we can make things like rope out of it. But getting high is one of the most cherished - and equally, worrisome - things about this multi-purpose plant.

One of the most responsible websites to obtain good information about Cannabis is 'Moms for Marijuana' - they have Chapters all over the United States and the World. I heard one of these ladies talk about their organization at Hempfest in Seattle, August 2013 - along with another speaker from 'Women for Weed'.

Both organizations have been fighting for the legalization of Marijuana for years for many reasons - things like the way it creates 'criminals' of people who are not criminals when they get caught with it; the way it creates a profitable market for people who are criminals; and how our society is missing out on so many of the domestic and medical benefit of Cannibis, in general.

They were telling the crowd in the bandstand about how some of the WOMEN decades ago UNITED to help end prohibition on alcohol (even though they also helped start it, ha!). It was very interesting. Supposedly, these ladies have been on a few of Hollywood's talk shows, even.

Seattle Hempfest 2013.
Seattle Hempfest 2013.

Hempfest is a big festival in Seattle every year. The 'different' thing about it last year - was that it was the first year for it to be LEGAL to possess pot at Hempfest due to recent changes in our Cannabis Laws.

Attendees were still not supposed to be smoking pot in public, but this is Hempfest... People sat in groups on the lawn - passing around a new pipe; trying out a new strain of weed (there were tables laid out with several different varieties); or some other new pot accessory just purchased at the festival - right out in the open!

Normally - you would walk around Hempfest (when it was illegal) and you could certainly smell it; but people were attempting to be secretive about it. That, and Seattle Police often gave people a break that day and (for the most part) looked the other way.

In honor of the new law being passed, the Seattle Police Department even got a sense of humor, and actually handed out Doritos instead of citations.

It was a really really good day. This is a taste of what freedom feels like. YUM!

Seattle Hempfest 2013.
Seattle Hempfest 2013.

What are Kids Learning from Us About Marijuana?

The education of Cannibis & Hemp is spreading fast and reform is within reach... But, what kind of impression are we leaving on our kids?

All this 'Marijuana is for Medicine' marketing seems a little over-the-top to me - because I think it gives everyone, especially kids - the impression that pot is a perfectly harmless thing.

While there are fortunately many medical uses for Marijuana, as well as all kinds of other ways to utilize this incredible plant we know as Cannabis - keeping things in perspective is also, unfortunately, a necessity no matter what your age is.

There are many people who are afraid of Marijuana and the legalization of it - mostly because of the myths surrounding it.

But, let's be FAIR - it's ALSO because:

1) People have witnessed friends or loved-ones turn into 'stoners' for extended periods of time; and watched them become wasted, burdensome losers on society. (You may know some of these people.)

2) People have also witnessed friends or loved ones who have STARTED with the more mellow puffs of pot; and then move onto other more harmful substances like Meth, Ecstasy, Heroin, Cocaine or whatever.

The BEST WAY to never get hooked on these more harmful substances is to NEVER TRY THEM in the first place. They are far easier to resist if you don't try them - and really, if you've got weed, you don't need them.

3) There are some legitimate concerns - and there ALWAYS HAS BEEN - on how pot effects a developing, adolescent brain.

View of a natural high - Seattle Hempfest, 2013.
View of a natural high - Seattle Hempfest, 2013.

Adolescent Brains are Still Developing Until they Reach Adulthood

Basically, tweens and teenagers should try not to use or rely too much on pot for the same reasons they shouldn't smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or do any other hard, non-prescribed drugs: how the Teenage Brain is STILL DEVELOPING.

This is not something in question - it's a FACT.

I am not talking about having a few puffs with your friends occasionally; and I know some of you out there have medical reasons for using marijuana. But as an almost every day habit for 'no reason' - its too early; and it MIGHT also make it more likely for you to turn into couch-potato 'stoner' at this age. Just sayin'. ;)

On top of that - adolescent hormones are already coursing through young bodies in wild ways. These already unrealistically affect feelings & emotions on a moment by moment basis. Dealing with that craziness is all part of growing up - or at least, it should be.

Tweens and Teenagers have got so many NATURAL HIGHS (and lows) going on inside of them at any given moment - and it will pass far too soon. (Don't some of us wish we had them back.)

Enjoy them, appreciate them and cuss them out, even...

But, if you glide through those years in a fog, you won't learn nearly as much about yourself or the world around you as you might, otherwise.

AND, you might be hindering the development of one of the most important things you'll need to survive in this life - your brain.

Seattle Hempfest 2013
Seattle Hempfest 2013

Weed Can Become Both A Physical & Psychological Addiction for Anyone

As with anything, you can get 'too hooked' on Marijuana - if for no other reason, than it 'can become' a psychological addiction that can also turn into a physical addiction if its used too much for too long - just like any other alcohol/drug/food/sex addiction that can put a kink in your life and is hard to break.

So please... younger, aspiring pot heads... Wait until you're older to indulge in pot smoking as a lifestyle choice. Maybe make it an occasional treat, if you must.

But, try to let your brain finish developing before you utilize weed as a regular escape. Give your body and your mind time to grow into whatever you're supposed to become before you start acting like grown-ups.

Then, you can forget the about going for a clever, bumper-stickered van, like above; and hold out for something more like the uber-groovy Further Bus, below.

Smoke Smart!

The Further Bus; Seattle Hempfest 2013
The Further Bus; Seattle Hempfest 2013


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      Jean Bakula 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      When I was in high school, a school of over 3,000, I didn't even know anyone who didn't use pot. Well, maybe very few. I didn't indulge a lot, but sometimes did. I always maintained A level grades. We could also go to bars and drink at 18. Drunk people get violent, and the kids who couldn't control themselves then, never learned to. Pot doesn't always lead to other drug use, or often leads to what I consider a normal time of experimentation. Once everyone grew up and went to work/college, they didn't waste time and money on pot except for parties or special occasions. It's been years for me, but now I have friends smoking it for pain, who even have their 80 yr. old parents using it. It's medically available in NJ, but limited. Addictive people will always be addicted to something. Pot could be bringing a lot of money into our economy for good. I think people who are brainwashed to think it's bad should try it at least once. I recall it being relaxing and not being impaired by it.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      I enjoyed this article. It is well informed and tells two sides. I would have answered the quiz, but there wasn't an answer to my situation. My daughter has tried pot, but didn't like it. LOL, now she is pushing me towards using medical marijuana for my anxiety and chronic pain. :)

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      Arthur Russ 

      3 years ago from England

      Well balanced and informative article. It is illegal throughout most of Europe, although there are a few areas where the law is more relaxed:-

      The Netherlands is most notorious because they decriminalised it for possession of up to five grams (10th of an ounce) in the 1970s, but its use is heavily controlled and generally restricted to use in 'coffee shops' only; and even then only citizens can buy it. The police have the powers to confiscate it.

      There are a small handful of other European countries where (although not legal) it has been decriminalized but heavily controlled e.g. restrictions on amount, and for use just in private areas or just for medical use etc.

      In Britain, it’s still illegal (and a criminal offence), although the Liberal Democrats policy is for a 'legal cannabis market' for recreational use.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      It's good to see both sides of the argument on marijuana. As you say, it is up to a person to use marijuana wisely, when needed, rather than abuse it especially when a person is young and his or her brain is forming. Wonderful article:)

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      Myles H Leggett 

      4 years ago from Bradenton, FL

      Only thing wrong with weed is its legality in certain areas. Can we stop acting like anything else is wrong with it??


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      Catherine Mostly 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      It is a little strange living in a state where it is legal, isn't it - especially these first few spearhead states. There is so much money floating around in that industry - and yet, it is very difficult to advertise for it (not that it needs advertising, ha!) or even do the simplest banking transactions. The feds really need to catch up before too many more people get hurt. These stores are having to hang onto too much cash and don't have a very good outlet to spend/redistribute it. I suppose that is one of those 'good' problems to have. I'd like to think when the newness wears off - people will relax about using it and not be such stoners about it.

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      4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      MC, don't want to come off as a wet blanket. I am from COLORADO and there is a 'weed stand" on almost every Denver street corner. It is less dangerous than alcohol and probably addictive only psychologically. But like so many of these sorts of things, it is an distraction that few of us can afford. Tell the kids they are going to need all their brain on full throttle if they hope to survive in an ever more competitive world. Hopefully, the novelty will wear off in time, as so many other states are going to follow the lead of Washington and COLORADO.

      I hear that cops are working on detectors that can prove that drivers are operating under the influence of cannibis. Next, imagine Marlboro Country featuring a new pack with a marijuana leaf on the cover? Iam sure that once the position of the federal government regarding the legalization is cleared up, weed will be ready for commercialization. Imagine, the Marlboro Man smoking a joint. Just how pinko is that?

      Great article, thanks..

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      Catherine Mostly 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thank you very much. :)

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      Devin Worlds 

      6 years ago from Topeka, Kansas

      I really love this! Nice Read!!!

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      Linda F Correa 

      6 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. In Florida we are currently voting on legal medical pot. The problem with the amendment is the way it is written, at least in my mind. Everyone would have to get a card from their doctor who would determine the need. The concern in Fla is that we just got rid of our pill mills and now the fear of pot mills is facing the state. We'll know later how it turns out. Certain types of Charlottes Web are all ready legal. I have very mixed feeling on the subject, but I think you presented both sides very well

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      Catherine Mostly 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      That's all any of us can really do... Teach them as best we can; and then watch them fly off into the wild blue yonder to make their own life. Good luck to us all. :)

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      6 years ago

      Very good reading, thank you for sharing it so objectively. As a parent of two teen girls I've reached the stage of being under the impression that whatever I say or do today is almost completely irrelevant i.e. I should have done my teaching with both of them by now and the final decision is going to be on them, whether I like it or not. I do talk to them, though and also listen a lot to everything they say and comment and so far I am happy with what I hear :)

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      6 years ago

      This is the most accurate article dealing with medical marijuana. There are good things and bad things about this drug and although I have used it in the past I agree with what this says and it is true that it is better to wait till the brain is fully developed. Good advice and not biased it's able to see from both points

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      Catherine Mostly 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thanks Shelley, that's what I was going for. I hope it puts this subject in more perspective for peeps. :)

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      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      Excellent advice here stated factually and fairly. Thanks for sharing the interesting information.


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