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Raising Kids in a Cannabis Friendly House

Raising Kids in a Cannabis Friendly House

Raising Kids in a Cannabis Friendly House

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Now that medical marijuana is legal in almost all the U.S. and recreational use is legalized in 9 states and D.C., more children than ever are growing up in cannabis friendly households. It’s becoming more of a norm for people with chronic conditions to turn to cannabis as a natural alternative to prescription medications, or even for people to enjoy a smoke session after work or before bed instead of a traditional alcoholic nightcap.

So how are parents handling being a responsible parent, and a responsible cannabis consumer?

“My kids know everything,” said Todd Mitchem, who co-founded the app High There! “My 11-year-old son is the playground educator. They know probably more about cannabis than most grown-ups who are not in the space. We talk about the facts. We talk about the science.”

Talking to your kids about the facts is probably the most important thing you can do. Make sure they know what cannabis is, and why they shouldn’t use it until they are older if they choose to at all. Cite scientific data that shows how cannabis consumption can be harmful to a developing brain – but also include data that disproves any propaganda style myths about cannabis they may have heard through school or the internet.

“Even with legal marijuana, there was still a lot of trepidation,” Brittany Driver, owner of a cannabis public relations agency in Denver, said. “Is a neighbor going to report me because they see I have a child? But over the past year, things in Colorado have calmed down quite a bit as far as that goes. Outside of Colorado, there are still big problems going on with parents and just being able to use it as medicine and have a child.”

The other big concern when raising kids in a cannabis friendly household is whether it is even socially acceptable to do so yet. Will your neighbors call child protective services because they caught a whiff of reefer when you stepped out of your home?

In legal cannabis states, if parents are responsible – keeping cannabis away from children in the same way they would alcohol – it is becoming more accepted that parents choose to smoke at home. Many do not light up in front of their kids – but others feel it is no different than having a glass of wine or a beer in front of their children – a lot of it comes down to personal preference and what you are comfortable with having around your children.

Raising kids around cannabis is tricky – but if you are always honest with your children, educate them properly on what cannabis is and how it works, and keep it out of their reach, you can’t really go wrong.