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Marijuana is serious drug

April 20, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

To the Editor:

If I did it and turned out fine, then what's the big deal?

This is what many parents think when it comes to talking to their kids about marijuana.

So they don't.

Meanwhile, according to the 2011 Monitoring the Future Study, the number of students using marijuana on a daily basis has significantly increased. Marijuana use by kids can lead to a host of health, social, learning and behavioral problems at a crucial time in their young lives. It can lead to some changes in the brain similar to those caused by cocaine, heroin and alcohol. And many are surprised to learn that more kids enter treatment each year with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependency than any other illicit drug.

But since many parents don't think marijuana use is a big deal, kids don't either.

Power Up YOUth wants to help change that perception. We are working in our community to spread the word to kids and their parents that marijuana is a serious drug with serious consequences. Marijuana is riskier than you think. And all of us have a responsibility to teach kids about the dangers of the drug.

For more information about the risks of marijuana for kids, contact Community and Family Resources or visit

Heather Kierzek,


Power Up YOUth



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