It is likely that this law will lead to increased youth use of marijuana in Stoughton and across Massachusetts. States with Medical Marijuana have marijuana abuse rates that are almost double the rate of states without such laws. In Stoughton, when marijuana was decriminalized by popular vote in 2008, the amount of Stoughton youth using marijuana jumped from 19% (2008) to 28%(2011). The closer we get to legalizing marijuana, the less kids think it is harmful and the more they use it.
As this new law goes into effect we need to be vigilant and guard against potential abuses and medical marijuana getting into the hands of our children. Will a pot shop open in Stoughton? Will it be close to our parks, our schools, or the Square? Who can go in the pot shops? Will marijuana candy-look a-likes (Cheeba Chews, BuddaFingers, etc.) and marijuana-based products be marketed to teens?Marijuana Facts =>
Just because this law passed, it does not change the facts. However, youth who receive clear messages from their parents about the dangers of drug use are less likely to use drugs. Kids who are connected in some way to the community / school are less at risk. Your best defense against this law negatively impacting your kids is YOU. So, talk to your kids. If you need help visit our parent page for helpful resources and information.
Knowledge is power! Know the facts! Keep talking!
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