I think my daughters smoke pot...

Sarah - posted on 07/08/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My two daughters (twins) make me and my family so proud. They make great grades, participate in 6 clubs after school, play soccer, read, and are very sweet. My twins, in the past few months, have asked me if I believe the use of marijuana is safe and should be legal. I am not going to lie, I used marijuana a few times when I was a teenager but I believe it is a different substance now and is not as safe. One of my daughters has done countless hours of research on marijuana and how there are many different ways to consume it and has informed me on the benefits. She claims medical grade marijuana is very safe and is regulated. I still don't know if I am okay with it...

I believe they have started to smoke marijuana and I am unsure of how to parent them... If they start making bad grades, getting in trouble, trying other things, etc. I will be very mad... but should I be now?

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Queen Of My - posted on 10/28/2013

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Michael Smith,
I am sure you too are a very nice person and I assure you I do have a clue. From both personal experience in smoking weed and anl interest in the idea of genetically modified plants.
Here is a link for you to "get a clue" and start your research in genetically modified pot. http://www.chicagonow.com/wild-side-chic...
Now before you jump down my throat, I am aware this article states they are only beginning genetically modifying pot, but from the research I HAVE done, there have been strains of it being genetically modified (mostly for medical marijuana) since the early 1990s.
As for selective breeding - yes obviously this is done too - to make it better, stronger and more potent. Over the last 30 years of selective breeding - it is obviously going to have strains that are much different than in the 70's.
As for pot laced with other things being "extremely" rare - I have had it twice - purchased unknowingly and offered probably about 10 times. Nothing bad happened to me, but I have been with someone who smoked the same laced joint and ended up in the hospital. Now to be fair, twice would be considered rare for the amount I smoked in my early days, but I wouldn't say EXTREMELY rare.
Bottom line, it CAN have risks AND it is illegal. I am not judging those who smoke, especially adults who are aware of the risks and consequences (although I choose that those risks and consequences are not for me now that I have children) but I don't think a parent should necessarily turn a blind eye to young kids smoking - which is the question here. Personally, if I knew my kids were smoking and never (at the very least) discussed with them the dangers and they ended up in the hospital, a car accident, getting busted and handcuffed or moving onto harder drugs, I would feel irresponsible.

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Queen Of My - posted on 10/24/2013

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Lol - just because it is a plant product doesn't mean it can't be modified. People have generically modified plants for years - foods you find in the grocery store, flowers you buy at the market - and yes - pot you buy on the street. There are hundreds or maybe thousands of different variations of pot - so that is funny! Don't use that as an argument!
I should also point out that many things that grow in the earth can be harmful. Take cocain or anthrax for example.
Most concerning, pot can also be laced with something very harmful. Many drugs (including pot) have been mixed with different drugs to give it an effect that will keep you buying from that dealer. What if your girls buy pot laced with angel dust? Or sprayed with diluted comet to give it crystals and more weight.
Your girls should be aware of all the dangers - not just the benefits. And it's true medicinal pot is usually harmless, but where are your girls going to find medicinal pot? If they know people growing and illegally selling it, that is a problem in itself.

Jodi - posted on 07/09/2013

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OK, if they are only 15, then you need to present research to your daughter about the effects of marijuana on the developing brain. There is plenty of research out there that evidences that marijuana does cause brain injury if used regularly, and developing brains are particularly vulnerable.

And marijuana is not chemically different than it used to be....it's a plant product. Cannabis is the same plant it always was. People just use different parts of the plant to increase/decrease potency.

Here's a place to start:
http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_...

Onetraeh - posted on 07/09/2013

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I'd get mad right now & act really righteous like u have never done anything like tht!lol

Onetraeh - posted on 07/09/2013

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I'm pro legalization however I think it should be only for adults;like cigarettes or alcohol.teenagers minds aren't fully developed to understand things such as moderation & honestly I don't think it's a good idea to smoke a joint & then go do your homework or your study u know.lol.it just doesn't mesh so there's a time & a place;also there has been research tht says it will affect adult iq if ingested as a minor.again becuz they r still in development stage but I'm sure another study will be along shortly to disprove tht but I believe it;makes sense to me.I think if we do or have smoked marijuana in the past then just don't tell your kids or ever do it in front of them becuz it's like monkey see monkey do u know

Sarah - posted on 07/09/2013

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Jodi, they are 15. I just think it is stronger and more chemically different then it used to be...

Jodi - posted on 07/08/2013

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Given marijuana is actually the product of a plant, can I ask how you think it is a different product now?

Anyway, why not just ask them straight out and have a mature discussion about it? You haven't mentioned how old they are, but the place to start would be an open and honest discussion.

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