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Old 08-21-2013, 09:05 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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When I asked the question, I was valuing more the health (physical and psychological) consequences. I didn't think too much of the legal consequences because they are practically in the noise. However, a person who continues to smoke pot may have employment problems (drug testing) and security clearance problems (polygraph).

Personally weed doesn't bother me as much as cigs and it would bother me more if my kid watched 20 hours of TV a week than smoked pot once a month.
If it was a just health perspective then the question you asked is fine... but the issue I think for me you put an age on it....16 yr old is too young to regularly....smoke anything or drink alcohol. That is my issue with the question. If you ask from a strictly health perspective and assume we are talking about adults, then that is an entirely different matter. At 16, they are under my roof and while I of course cannot watch their every move....you would be able to tell if your child is a regular user of anything. And as a parent, that is when I got to step in and say that is unacceptable. That is why so many were confused on how to answer your question.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Also be sure to advise him of the laws surrounding the situation on the weed.

Get rid of the cigarettes now.






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Cigs, by FAR. They stink, they're terrible for you, extremely addictive, and provide no benefits of any kind. Marijuana has never been conclusively linked to any kind of cancers or lung damage. If anything, it actually protects against certain types of cancer. It's relatively nonaddictive, entirely nontoxic, and probably one of the safest drugs one can possibly use. When used properly, it can be a source of insight, creativity, and even pain relief.

I would not be particularly worried if I caught my child smoking pot. We would of course be having a serious discussion on the nature of marijuana and responsible use, but I certainly wouldn't fly off the handle, yell, or punish them, or even force them to stop. Making things taboo and punishing kids over perfectly safe boundary exploration and experimentation is only going to invite intense resentment and rebellious tendencies sooner or later, and there's a chance they could end up using more and worse drugs in the end because they were taught to have poor relationships with otherwise perfectly safe recreation substances.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Temporarily, in Limerick
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Okay then, they bother me EXACTLY the same.
Same here. 16, means they're using both illegally. Not in my house. And, even if over 16, no one is smoking anything in my home... or on the balcony... or in the garden, related or otherwise. Take your asthma-inducing, aromatically-repellant addictions to your own humble abode, thank you very much.

A medical marijuana card can be legally obtained at age 18.

For cigs: "In 1992, the United States Congress directed the states to establish 18 as the minimum legal age for purchasing cigarettes, and each state has complied with that directive. In all states except Alabama, Alaska and Utah, the legal age to purchase tobacco products is age 18. It is age 19 in those three states."

And, I do believe both are damaging... one to the lungs, one to the brain. Equally bad, imho.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I wouldn't want them to smoke cigs, because that becomes an every day all day thing. yuck, I hate cigs with a passion.

if they smoke pot once and a while, I don't want to know about it. Just like doing any other recreational drugs, i dont want to know about it.. ( I was a young boy myself)
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: 60630
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Pot. The gateway to other, harder drugs.

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Old 08-24-2013, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Wilsonville, OR
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Pot. The gateway to other, harder drugs.

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Completely untrue.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:53 AM
 
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No longer about Parenting...being moved.
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:25 AM
 
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Daily smoking is worse for her health than pot a few times per month. However, I wouldn't approve of either for a 16 yo.
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:15 PM
 
Location: 60630
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Completely untrue.
No it's not. Sorry.


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Old 08-27-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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No it's not. Sorry.


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Marijuana is not a gateway drug. This "fact" has been debunked many times. Google or Yahoo Marijuana, gateway theory and Rand Corporation and read what you find.

Your glass of merlot is more likely a gateway drug for most American teens. Think about it, what is more likely to be in the average home that a teenager could get into, alcohol or marijuana? I know alcohol would win that contest. Then there are the prescription drugs in the bathroom...

Once a teen has tried alcohol's buzz it's not too much of a stretch to think that they might be more open to try different highs, especially if they are bored and there are things around the house (free).

I'm sure that marijuana has it's allure (as an illegal, rebel substance to test parental limits) but teens are more likely to experiment with what is freely available around the house, and doesn't cost them anything but time.
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