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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Festivities and Marijuana

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It is a topic of conversation that is becoming less and less taboo, especially in Colorado. Maybe it has been brought up in your home too? What topic am I referring to? The use of retail marijuana and the changes that have come about with the legalization of retail marijuana.  

Before anyone leaves thinking I am promoting the use or NOT promoting the use of the product - this is not a post about that at all!  What we are discussing today is the upcoming holiday festivities and how retail marijuana may or may not come into play.  First and foremost, as a parenting blogger I am promoting responsibility and that is what I hope to drive home today with my readers!  

Responsibility! 


As those fun holiday parties and events start showing up on the calendar we do not often think about the use of alcohol at those festivities but the idea of marijuana use might be on your mind.  The fact is, retail marijuana is legal in Colorado but only if you are over 21, which is why taking responsibility and having a plan is so important.   The legalization of retail marijuana is relativity new which means people may still be unaware of the laws and the effects of all things pot.  

Know the Facts:


Seems pretty easy to be in the know right? Well, first you must educate yourself and then move onto your children. Make it clear that while Colorado has made it legal for adults over the age of 21 to buy and use retail marijuana, youth are not in that age group and for good reason! Their brains are still developing, and therefore the use can be unhealthy for youth. 

Once you have educated yourself and had an informative discussion with your children, it is time to move to the party scene. Maybe you are a user, maybe not, but the bottom line is this is a topic that will come up. Just like people getting a DUI for driving after drinking too much, you can also get a DUID - meaning getting high before your drive and driving under the influence.  Be aware of the consequences when having fun this holiday season!



Another great thing to keep in mind is the storage of your marijuana product. If you are planning to have a party or event in your home with people under 21 years old, it's time to be mindful of your storage!  Tip: Keep marijuana that may be in the house out of reach of children; store all marijuana products in a locked area out of reach and out of sight; keep marijuana products in the same child resistant packaging they came in from the store.

While it is not my place to tell you or anyone if you should or shouldn't partake in the use of retail marijuana. I will say is this: educate yourself, your family and your children about the use and laws of retail marijuana as well as keeping this topic on your mind this holiday season.  No one wants to see a friend or family member hurt during a season of celebration so let's promote responsibility - starting now!  


For more information please visit the awesome Good to Know website and thank you to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment for opening the conversation this holiday season.



Have you started thinking about your expectations for your guests and family this holiday season concerning Marijuana use?  



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14 comments:

  1. I have had many talks to son about drugs and other topics. He is a pretty smart kid and is also very open and honest about his opinion of them. He isn't at all impressed by them or people who take them fro fun.

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  2. This is a hard topic to swallow. I am totally against marijuana and think it should not be legalized at all. Thankfully my kids are still young and no one in my family uses it so I do not have to worry about it this holiday, just hoping for safety because you never know how strangers are when they are on it.

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  3. I don't judge. People can be just as unstable on drugs, legal or not, as they are with alcohol. I would expect any of my guests (family, friends, neighbors) to respect my home and the fact that mine and other children would be present and leave their recreational or medicinal needs for another time.

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  4. I would abide by whatever the rules are in the house.

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  5. No one in my house will be doing anything with marijuana this Thanksgiving. But all of this information is, yes, good to know.

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  6. Marijuana is always such a controversial issue. The drug itself has so many positive benefits when used the right way and in the right doses. I support it for medicinal purposes .. I like the ti about responsibility

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  7. I knew it was legalized in Colorado but I didn't know about the age restriction. This is good to know. You have to make sure to be safe if there are young kids around.

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  8. I didn't know the rules concerning marijuana use in Colorado. Thanks for sharing! If someone is going to do it, they need to do it responsibly.

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  9. Education is always better than misinformation and fear. Thank you for presenting the facts of the matter.

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  10. I am glad to read this post and learn more - I know of late I am reading more and more about the medicinal usage of marijuana and pets.

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  11. I have never been a fan of marijuana but lately I have been reading about the benefits and quality of life improvement for some special needs children. As a mom of several special needs children I am very sad because I cannot improve their quality of life - though not for lack of money or trying...

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  12. That is good information to know. I had no idea about the rule in Colorado.

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  13. Luckily my guests are not into this, but it is definitely something to consider when allowing my child to other folks homes

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  14. It's still kind of taboo in Houston, Texas but I feel like I would follow the rules set forth in the house I'm visiting. I don't smoke at all though. Thanks for this information.

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