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When is the earliest time to talk to children about cannabis?

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Missouri kids may have more questions about cannabis since then Voters said “yes” to Amendment 3 Legalizing recreational use for those 21 and over.

Cannabis dispensaries are expected to start selling to recreational users by next month. A new market means more advertisements for the sale of products such as food and THC vape cartridges – items that may be tempting to young people.

So, how should adults talk to the young people in their lives about cannabis? Prevent Ed is a nonprofit organization that reaches out in pre-kindergarten through high school to talk with students about drug use and abuse, as well as provide resources to adults on how to have productive conversations that honor and respect young people.

On Monday, Prevent Ed CEO Nicole Dawsey joined St Louis On Air To share her tips for when to “talk” about drug use, and how to get past the “awkward conversation” and talk to her — not in – Youth about hemp.

“How soon should I talk to kids about cannabis and other substances? Where should the conversation take place?”

Around 5th grade, in really age-appropriate ways… around 10, 11, says the research [years old]. We know we can teach this in school with health classes, but then when they come home…if they’re going to neighborhoods, families that maybe don’t give the same information, give counterinformation, or – I’d argue the worst – no information So it can kind of undo what we just learned in school.”

Mia Norfleet

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St. Louis Public Radio

Nicole Dawsey is the Executive Director of Prevent Ed

How do I talk to young people about marijuana if I’m not their parent or guardian?

“We know that the vast majority of middle school and high school students report that the adults in their lives, and their fears, expectations, and opinions, influence how much they use substances, including cannabis. So let’s get back to expectations. You’re not saying you’ll hate them forever, if they do. These things. But you say that this is my expectation that you won’t. Or that you will tell me about it. Or you will be open with me or whatever the expectation is. My hope is that [they] You won’t do it before 21…but what happens if you break that expectation? These conversations can really start in middle school, saying, “What do you think the appropriate outcome would be?” And to think about it together… This is for a female Scout leader, coach, aunt or uncle. Having those open conversations and involving children and young people in them as well.”

Do young people and teens want to talk about cannabis with adults?

“They absolutely want to talk about it. There are times in a young person’s life when peers are most important. We also know that adults who value them as mentors, who value them as people who aren’t perfect, but are people who genuinely care about them, want the best for them. These are the people who They look out for them. If we can tap into peers, maybe like juniors and seniors to talk to freshmen and sophomores. That’s a kiss chef. But then if we can just have some adults who really care. You know who’s coming from somewhere,” That’s what I wish for you. “They want to talk and they’re open.”

To hear more from Nichole Dawsey, resources from Prevent Ed, and real experiences from two young adults about their experience learning and talking about cannabis, listen to St Louis On Air on me Apple PodcastAnd SpotifyAnd Google PodcastAnd stitcheror by clicking the play button below.

When should you talk to kids about cannabis? Fifth row, one expert suggests

St Louis On AirBringing you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work, and create in our neighborhood. The show is produced by Mia NorfleetAnd Emily WoodberryAnd Danny WissentowskiAnd Eileen Cha And Alex Hoyer. Avery Rogers He is our production assistant. sound engineer Aaron Dwyer. Send questions and comments about this story to talk@stlpr.org.

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