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  marijuana use and Youth  

The passage of Initiative 502 (I-502) by Washington State voters legalizes the use of marijuana for adults age 21 and up.  Non-medical marijuana use by anyone under the age of 21 remains against Washington State law.  Marijuana use, by anyone, remains against federal law.



Marijuana and Youth  
There are health implications to consider before making an informed choice on whether or not to use marijuana. The resources listed on this page are provided to improve understanding of how marijuana use impacts youth.

The "Marijuana Use and Youth" fact sheet was developed for parents and guardians. Please feel free to distribute.

Marijuana Talk Kit What you need to know to talk with your teen about marijuana.

  • Facts about marijuana
  • Why marijuana is still risky for teens
  • Ways to talk with your teen about marijuana
  • What you should - and shouldn't - say to your teen when talking about marijuana
  • How to respond to your teen's questions and arguments
  • Resources to help
  • New Information on Marijuana Edibles or "Medibles"

    Marijuana edibles are food or beverages that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main substance in marijuana that causes the effects seen in people. Please click here for additional information, such as:

    • What are edibles and are they legal?
    • What is the difference between smoking and ingesting marijuana?
    • Consequences of ingesting too much THC?
    • Concerns about edibles and kids.
    • Safe storage of edibles.

    Basic Facts for Parents

    Marijuana use can negatively impact the health of youth.

    How Addiction Works

    Adolescence is a critical time to prevent drug abuse and addiction.


    The following resources detail some of the scientific findings related to the health effects of marijuana use.

    Legal Consequences

    Other Resources


    Information and resources made available on this page by: National Institute on Drug Abuse, Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington State Liquor Control Board, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, PBS, University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, Washington State Department of Licensing, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, US Department of Justice, and Washington County Oregon.  

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    This page last updated: 04/13/16