Marijuana Education in a Post-Legalized Society Part 1
As policy changes regarding marijuana move across the United States, we are also seeing a shift in social norms.As social norms begin to change, so too does the perception of harm. Many teens today do not think marijuana is at all harmful for them. We hear over and over, "It's natural," "It's medicine," "It's legal, so it can't be that bad." The perception of harm with regard to adolescent marijuana use is concerningly low. When we talk with adolescents about today's marijuana, it becomes apparent that teenagers are receiving a lot of misinformation and confusing mixed messages about marijuana. Adolescents today are coming of age in a world of legalized cannabis. This is a reality for today's youth, but it is a very different reality from what many of their parents, educators and school counselors grew up in.