Teens and Marijuana: What Parents Don’t Know

According to the benchmark “Monitoring the Future” study, done by the University of Michigan every year, and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, half of all high school seniors have smoked marijuana, with 40% having done so in the last year.  One in four had gotten high in the last 30 days.   And 1 in 15 get stoned EVERY day.  The numbers are lower for younger students, yet 1 in 5 8th graders have smoked “weed” in the last year. Students perceive there is little risk or downside to smoking marijuana, especially with the advent of medical marijuana, and doctors prescribing it.

Scared? Want to become more informed?

The District Parent Coordinator’s Office, Health & Wellness, SATp Parent Education Sub-Committee and MegaSkills/MCIA are offering a panel discussion for parents of tweens and teens on the effects and use of marijuana among teens

According to Jasmin McCloud, substance abuse counselor at Montclair’s COPE Counseling Center, your 7th grader likely has a friend who smokes marijuana, so make sure you start a dialogue early in middle school.

The panel on April 11 will include Jasmin McCloud, Andrew Evangelista, Montclair High Student Assistance Counselor, a Detective from the Montclair Police Department’s Narcotics Bureau, a parent of a recent Montclair High graduate, and a 17 year old former Montclair High student, who will all share their experience and expertise.

Educate yourself on what is out there, what your children are exposed to, and what steps you can take to help them navigate this terrain. Bring a friend and your questions! For more information, contact Alex Kent.

Teens and Marijuana: What Montclair Parents Don’t Know
Who: Parents of tweens and teen
What: A panel discussion for parents about marijuana use among teens.
Where: Montclair High School, Main building LGI Room, 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Wednesday, April 11 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: Free

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  1. If you’re a bottom-dwelling, scum-sucking prohibitionist who’s career has entailed subjecting the rest of us to off-the-scale corruption and lawlessness, then maybe you should consider moving to somewhere that won’t extradite you to a future national or international drug-war tribunal for your crimes against humanity.

    Prohibition has finally run its course; the lives and livelihoods of hundred’s of millions of people worldwide have been destroyed or severely disrupted; many countries that were once shining beacons of liberty and prosperity have become toxic, repressive, smoldering heaps of hypocrisy, and a gross affront to fundamental human decency. It is now the duty of every last one of us to insure that the people who are responsible for this shameful situation are not simply left in peace to enjoy the wealth and status that their despicable actions have, until now, afforded them. Former and present Prohibitionists must not be allowed to remain untainted and untouched from the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow human beings. – They have provided us with neither safe communities nor safe streets; we will provide them with neither a safe haven to enjoy their ill-gotten gains nor the liberty to repeat such a similar atrocity!

    Prohibition has evolved local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helping them control vast swaths of territory while gifting them with significant social and military resources.

    Those responsible for the shameful policy of prohibition shall not go unpunished!

  2. Anytime I read or hear anything on the evils of weed my thoughts go to my co-worker who is a pill popping mess, yet is totally legal since they are prescribed.

  3. Montclair has the proud reputation of being the pot smoking capitol of New Jersey.
    This is what happens when you insert a pack of rich baby boomers with their kids in an already drug infested High School. Of course I am sure this has nothing to do with all the drug crime around here which is almost all driven by illegal pot sales.
    The title of this should be, what parents already know, and turn a blind eye to.

  4. You may be overestimating the degree to which a parent can control the actions of a 17-year-old, yourkiddingright. I tell my kids that smoking pot feeds a vast illegal drug trade that causes much suffering, that the product is completely unregulated and therefore of dubious quality, and that the drug itself has negative effects on health and cognition, and then I hope they choose wisely.

  5. “Students perceive there is little risk or downside to smoking marijuana”
    They are 100% correct!

  6. Never been drunk, never smoked pot, never smoked cigarettes. Did smoke cigars for a time, on & off over 18 months, then quit.
    Weed, booze, and smokes takes away money that could be better used
    for buying more cars 🙂 !!!

  7. it only fuels a lethal drug war bc its illegal. legalize it, problem solved. another way to avoid that is to grow your own. its a plant, not a drug.

  8. Take it from someone who was raised around pot and hung out with pot smokers in high school. It’s a drug and it most definitely affects a person in a negative way.

    Thinking that it’s a harmless plant and not a harmful drug is wrong.

  9. Welleroo, every-time the ghastly violence of prohibition is falsely blamed on the users, it diminishes the culpability of those who are truly responsible for maintaining the status quo. Prohibition is an absolute scourge -the end! The use of drugs is NOT the real problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels and terrorists IS.

    When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919.

    Nobody can be expected to obey bad laws, like ones that infringe on logic as well as the fundamental right to decide on what medicine or poison an individual adult may, or may not, ingest. The violence and the deaths ultimately arising from such bad public policy should always rest squarely on the shoulders of those ignorant imbeciles who are responsible for implementing and supporting such foolishness.

    Maybe I’m wasting my time here; maybe you’re the type of moral crusader who also thinks he has the right to ban private sexual conduct between consenting adults? Is that the reason you’re vilifying drug users when you should be demanding that the government stops wasting your/our taxes on this failed and dangerous moronothon?

    The situation everywhere will continue to deteriorate, while Prohibitionists like yourself will continue to attempt to blame its negative ramifications on the users, rather than on the fundamental paradox of handing an entire sector of the economy to organized crime. By falsely denouncing drug users – or attacking those of us who advocate for a more sane way of dealing with this problem – you are serving to greatly perpetuate prohibitions deadly consequences rather than alleviating them in any way.

  10. Moral crusader. Yeah, I get that a lot.

    You have a point about legalization, malcolm. But until that miraculous majestic day arrives, the money you hand over to your, uh, pharmacist is blood money. And regardless, the plant has negative side effects.

    The assumptions you make about me reveal much about you and your current state of denial.

  11. …”17 year old former Montclair High student, who will all share their experience and expertise”

    Roach clip advise? Fashioning b0ng from a sculture project in art class?

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