West Chester Teen Data

  • WCASD 12th graders are 3x more likely to drive after marijuana use than alcohol.

  • The amount of risk WCASD youth associate with marijuana use has dropped 11% in just four years.

              Why We Care

  • Legalization makes marijuana use seem less risky.  However, it is still incredibly risky for teens.

  • Addicitive THC in marijuana is sometimes confused with non-addictive CBD, also from the cannabis plant.

  • Studies from CA and CO prove that social acceptance leads to increased use and increased related problem behaviors.

  • Social acceptance reduces the chance that kids will seek help for themselves or others.

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Strategies for Parents

  • Include marijuana in your discussions about impaired driving.
  • Distinguish between non-addictive CBD and addictive THC components in your discussions of marijuana.
  • Remind teens that all addictive substances are harmful for developing brains.
  • Model responsible behavior. Adult actions really do influence teen behavior.
Strategies for Parents of Elementary aged Children
  • Eat.  Eating right for brain health will plant the seed that our brains are as important as our bodies.
  • Play. Games and puzzles exercise the brain.
  • Talk.  Say out loud how much you value brain health.
  • Watch.  Look for teachable moments in movies, TV, online and the community. 
  • Discuss your values on addictive substances and why they are dangerous for developing brains.

In the News

About Marijuana

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“We are simply not prepared for the fallout of marijuana legalization.”

-Dr. Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Boston Children's Hospital