Since Initiative 502 passed, there has been a lot of confusing information about marijuana distributed to the public. Yet, we know that the legal and health effects of marijuana for a youth’s life can be detrimental.
This is why 84% of parents have clear rules about alcohol and drug use.
Health and prevention professionals agree that marijuana use has health and behavioral effects. Use by youth is dangerous and addictive. Some effects are:
- Stunted brain development.
- Failure to thrive in school.
- Cardiovascular and respiratory damage caused by smoking.
- Risky Behavior, like Driving Under the Influence.
The State of Washington says that it is still illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use marijuana. A possession conviction could make it more difficult for youth to reach their goals and contribute to their communities. Some of these barriers could include:
- Restrictions from receiving Financial Aid.
- Rejections from college admissions.
- Difficulty finding a job.
Under Initiative 502, marijuana prevention program funding comes from the Washington State Department of Health to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. We work in partnership with Pierce County Prevention Collaborative (PC2) to help parents ensure we have happy and healthy youth in our communities.