Should I Let My Kid Smoke Weed?

Did you discover your teenager has tried marijuana? Are you concerned that your child has experimented with marijuana? Are you wondering if you should intervene at all?
If so, you’re not alone. In fact, one of the top searches on Google is “Should I Let My Kid Smoke Weed?” Other common searches are “teenage drug abuse”, and “I found drugs in my teen’s room.” Sadly, there are many parents who allow their 17, 16 and even 13 year old children to smoke weed. (In researching this article, I came across a forum for marijuana users with a discussion about allowing their children to use pot.)

As a parent, you serve many roles. You’re a teacher, disciplinarian, chef, counselor and more. Your job is to protect your child from harm. That includes keeping your child from running out in the street, swallowing bleach, and of course, smoking illegal and dangerous drugs. So, yes, you should definitely not allow your teenager to smoke pot or any drugs. Here are some reasons why your child should not smoke marijuana.

You could lose custody of your children

There are currently thousands of American children in foster care today because of drug abuse. For many, their parents have used drugs and failed a drug test. However, for some, the parents knew their child was smoking marijuana (or using other drugs) and allowed them to continue use in their home.

Teens in foster care are more likely to experience depression, have behavioral issues and do poorly in school. In addition, teens in foster care are not treated with the love and nurturing that only you can provide. Let’s not forget that you will miss your children deeply if they are taken from your home.

It is rare for the children to removed, but it does happen. If CPS gets involved, they will probably require frequent drug tests, counseling and parenting classes. If you fail to comply, your child could be removed from your home. This would be traumatic and devastating to your children.

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Marijuana use will negatively impact your child’s health.

Marijuana use has been proven to have many detrimental effects on the user’s health. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana can cause respiratory problems, increases the risk for heart attack, and increases the risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Marijuana is psychologically addictive.

Just like you would not allow your child to drink drano, eat dog poop or inhale gas fumes, you should not allow your child to smoke marijuana. It is harmful to his or her health and well-being.

Your child could get a criminal record that will haunt him/her for a lifetime.

If your child is caught with marijuana after the age of 18, it will stay on his/her record forever. So, if he or she has career aspirations to become a pharmacist, teacher or police officer, he/she will probably give up that dream once getting a record. One poor choice can negatively affect your child’s future career.

Yes, children who are arrested as juveniles usually get the luxury of having a clean record once they turn 18. However, if your child uses marijuana now, chances are he or she will still be using it as an adult.

Your child could make poor, life-altering decisions.

This video here pretty much sums up how marijuana can affect your child’s life. Marijuana impairs judgment and critical thinking skills. Your son or daughter could cause a life altering accident as a result of using pot.

If you reached this article by searching for “Should I Let My Kid Smoke Weed?”, I’m glad you did. You know the answer now, and you know why you should not let your child use marijuana or other illegal drugs. Parenting is not easy and is full of ups and downs. It’s a sign of strength to look for support and help. It might be a great idea to call your student’s school counselor and ask for advice. (You can remain anonymous.) Or try calling 211 for referrals on counseling, drug abuse intervention or parenting support. Read “How to Get Social Service Help By Calling 211” for advice.

Never give up, and never give in. Take it one day at a time.

The Debate Over Legalizing Marijuana

October 12, 2017

This is a debate that is both heated and fascinating. Its amazing that a natural substance as simple as a plant can be the center of a political, moral, and health dispute bigger then many other more pressing issues in America. There are very few negatives to legalizing marijuana and many positives.
Before launching into why marijuana should be legal, one must consider a world in which this drug is legal and readily available. Compared to its currently legal counterparts (tobacco and alcohol), marijuana is clearly the lesser of the 3 evils both for health factors and societal problems. People claim marijuana is more damaging all around then the other two, but is it really?

Take tobacco…

Thousands die every year from health complications due to smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco, etc. Billions are spent on purchasing tobacco and tobacco related products not to mention trillions spent on health care costs associated with tobacco smoking Tobacco is highly addictive and many smokers become hooked at a young age when the image of smoking is considered ‘cool’ no thanks to marketing by multi-billion dollar companies.


How many thousands die due to drunk driving and alcohol poisoning each year? Everything from car accidents to domestic abuse cases have incidences due directly to consumption of alcohol. Also consider unprotected sexual activity due to impaired mental capacities due to drinking and the risks associated with unprotected sex. Then theres the health care costs associated with liver damage and even injuries acquired during alcohol fueled fights. Not to mention the harm done to a society in which alcohol is viewed by as many as ‘the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems’.

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Now Marijuana…

Currently this natural drug’s users have an image of drug addicted, non productive members of society. Thats funny considering those who drink and smoke are portrayed as happy, successful, and popular. Unless of course you go to underground sources in which marijuana users are shown as creative, sophisticated, and ‘cool’.

But anyways, social view aside one can’t ignore the fact that marijuana is safer in countless ways then alcohol and tobacco. One major fact is that not one single case of death has been officially attributed to using untainted marijuana. Alcohol and tobacco? Hundreds of thousands.

Health and societal financial costs due to marijuana? You may have a marijuana user come in because he got so relaxed he fell and hit his head on the table, but your not going to see an influx of overdose victims (like with alcohol), violent fights breaking out among a few smokers of the drug, and certainly not the same level of destruction and arrogance that leads to destruction associated with ‘liquid courage’. (While both alcohol and marijuana are considered depressants on the body, alcohol seems to stimulate the ego).

And the legalities….

The US government spends billions on repairing damage and injuries due to alcohol and tobacco use, and billions on preventing marijuana from entering the US. Plus they spend billions incarcerating people for years over a small amount of marijuana.

and whats in it for the US government…

By legalizing marijuana not only would the government reap the benefits of HUGE sales tax profits, but they would be able to regulate marijuana to ensure it is not tainted or laced and to keep it out of the hands of minors. Tobacco companies have already expressed interest in product marijuana if it is given the ok to be legal and it WILL be a big industry.

So lets review real quick? No deaths directly due to marijuana use, thousands in jail over the green stuff, unsafe green stuff in the hands of minors that could be laced, huge tax benefits, medical benefits proven across the board, AND clearly better then alcohol and tobacco as a vice.

There is no reason why marijuana should not be legalized, regulated, packaged, and sold. As a post note did I mention that legalizing marijuana would drive the underground illegal marijuana drug trade completely out of business? A trade that is responsible for billions in illegally earned money, countless deaths, violence, corruption, and community degradation? A fine way to get drug dealers off your streets is to remove their most popular product and put it in the hands of legal trade.