Transporting Cannabis Can Be a Costly Business Risk

Did you know that the use of personal vehicles for transporting cannabis products is one of the most frequent claims in the cannabis industry? It surpasses property, product liability and even theft. Businesses are either unaware of the risks involved in using personal vehicles for transporting cannabis, or they aren’t taking them seriously enough.

Considering the strict statutes many states have placed on transporting cannabis should be reason alone to be more diligent. For example, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control’s proposed regulations require cannabis business owners to ensure their drivers have designated permits to transport the product. The state’s current legislation mandates inspections at any licensed premises, and requires employers to provide detailed tracking and schedules on the transport of product. Further, the state prohibits using minors to transport cannabis, and considers it a felony to do so.

Regulatory concerns, combined with the potential liabilities that could come from driver behavior, are keeping insurers from offering auto coverage to the cannabis industry. In fact, just four insurers currently offer the industry auto coverage, with premiums running as high as $17,000 per auto on average. It is important to note that personal auto insurance falls short because it doesn’t cover cargo loss.

Alternatively, because the stakes are so high, many companies are using courier services to transport cannabis product. But cargo insurance is still an issue. Without it, the care, custody and control of someone else’s products, and insurance limits are lacking. Even when the courier has cargo coverage, because they are delivering for multiple companies, the claims payout would have to be split amongst all the customers – likely below the value of your loss.

Consider the following best practices when transporting cannabis:

  • Conduct background checks/review DMV records. Uncovering any potential driver issues prior to hiring is critical. Look for previous DUIs or drug related history. Employees who might use product before getting behind the wheel are a significant danger to other drivers and a major liability to the employer. Even after hiring, be on alert for signs that indicate poor driving performance. Use check-in/check-out processes for all drivers, and conduct regular vehicle walk-arounds to look for scratches, dents or other damage that otherwise might be unreported to the employer.First, and most importantly, assess your risk mitigation options. Then, put processes in place as soon as possible to eliminate risk. 
  • Implement quarterly driver training. Educate employees on proper procedures. While minor fender benders and sideswipe accidents are most common, even these can be costly if not handled properly. Once law enforcement get involved in an accident the car’s transportation of cannabis could become a secondary issue. Teach drivers how to handle accidents while on the scene, including informing law enforcement about the cargo and the employer.
  • Use unmarked vehicles. Drivers carrying a significant amount of product and/or cash are tempting targets for thieves. Company cars used for transporting product should be newer, and have no fleet serial numbers or anything identifying the company.
  • Require increased personal liability limits. If an employee is using their own personal vehicle for business purposes, the business owner should require that person carry more than minimum limits of personal liability.  Ideally, they should have $300,000 or more, at an absolute minimum $100,000.

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First, and most importantly, assess your risk mitigation options. Then, put processes in place as soon as possible to eliminate risk. Secure the right insurance coverage, and ask your broker/underwriter to provide any additional recommendations to best mitigate your transportation, delivery, and cargo exposures.

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Según estudio los adolescentes que trabajan tienen más probabilidades de probar la marihuana.

Más dinero, mas marihuana?

Un nuevo estudio ha encontrado que los adolescentes que trabajan tienen más probabilidades de consumir marihuana que sus compañeros que no trabajan. Los resultados de la investigación realizada en el estado de Washington se publicaron recientemente en el Journal of Adolescent Health.

Para llevar a cabo el estudio, los investigadores analizaron los datos del Healthy Youth Study recopilados entre 2010 y 2016. La encuesta anual de estudiantes de 8º, 10º y 12º grado incluye preguntas sobre el consumo de marihuana durante los 30 días anteriores y el estado laboral y el lugar de trabajo del encuestado.

El uso de marihuana por estudiantes mayores 

El estudio encontró que un aumento en el uso de marihuana por parte de estudiantes mayores coincidió con la legalización del cannabis. 2010 fue dos años antes de la legalización del cannabis por los votantes de Washington y 2016 fue dos años después del comienzo de las ventas minoristas legales de marihuana en el estado.

“Entre 2010 y 2016, el consumo de marihuana disminuyó significativamente entre los estudiantes de octavo y décimo grado que trabajan y los que no trabajan. “Entre los estudiantes que trabajan en el grado 12, el consumo de marihuana aumentó significativamente con el tiempo en comparación con los jóvenes que no trabajan”, escribieron los investigadores.

“Las asociaciones eran más fuertes para los jóvenes que trabajaban más horas por semana”, agregaron.

El estudio también encontró que las personas jóvenes que trabajaban en entornos más formales, como servicios o negocios minoristas, tenían más probabilidades de fumar marihuana que los jóvenes con trabajos informales como el cuidado de niños. La investigadora principal Janessa Graves, Ph.D., profesora asistente de la Facultad de Enfermería de la Universidad del Estado de Washington que se especializa en investigación sobre adolescentes y empleo, dijo que no estaba sorprendida por los hallazgos, aunque no esperaba que hubiera tal diferencia. entre estudiantes de secundaria y estudiantes más jóvenes.

“No me sorprendió que los adolescentes trabajadores tuvieran una mayor prevalencia del consumo de marihuana”, dijo Graves. “Me sorprende un poco cómo los patrones de los alumnos de 12º grado difirieron de los de 8º y 10º grado. Los estudiantes de 12º grado están actuando más como adultos “.

Los padres pueden tener un impacto

Graves señaló que la participación de los padres con sus adolescentes y el conocimiento de su lugar de trabajo pueden tener un impacto en la prevención del consumo de marihuana por parte de los jóvenes.

“Los adolescentes mayores comienzan a actuar más como adultos, pero hay bastante buena ciencia por ahí que realmente les interesa no consumir marihuana hasta que sean mayores”, dijo Graves. “Los padres deben vigilar la seguridad de los niños en el trabajo. … Tenga esta discusión abierta sobre las ventajas y desventajas de trabajar y cómo manejar esas presiones, no solo con el cannabis “.

La atmósfera de empleo y otros factores sociales también pueden influir en si los jóvenes eligen consumir marihuana, según Graves.

“Una cosa que realmente me gusta resaltar es que gran parte depende de la calidad del lugar de trabajo”, dijo Graves. “Algunos lugares son realmente buenos para que trabajen los adolescentes. No todos los lugares de trabajo son creados iguales “.

El informe sobre el estudio, titulado “Empleo y consumo de marihuana entre adolescentes del estado de Washington antes y después de la legalización de la marihuana comercial”, señaló que investigaciones anteriores han demostrado que el consumo de marihuana por parte de los jóvenes puede ser perjudicial para su desarrollo y puede tener un efecto negativo en Desempeño académico, dependencia química posterior a la vida y salud mental.

Los investigadores concluyeron que “los estados que legalizan la marihuana pueden considerar implementar intervenciones para apoyar los comportamientos saludables entre los jóvenes trabajadores”. Graves sugirió que los precios más altos y otros pasos para restringir el acceso de los jóvenes a la marihuana también podrían ayudar a reducir la incidencia del uso.

“Lo que hemos visto desde que se abrió el mercado minorista es que el acceso ha aumentado y los costos han bajado”, dijo.

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Exclusive High Times Video Drop: Chris Webby—Pipe Down (feat. ANoyd)

Chris Webby is one of the most prolific rappers nowadays, dropping a new track every Wednesday. While 90 percent of these songs mention cannabis at some point, roughly 30 percent of all of them are about weed.

If you don’t know Webby, check out this High Times interview from 2018, where we wrote: “In a world where the hip-hop arena is dominated by trappers and mumble rappers with tattoos on their faces and little substance to their lyrics, Webby’s well-rounded bars shine like a beacon in the dark.”

At the time, he told us one of the coolest things about marijuana is “it brings cool people together. Through my life I’ve met some of the most incredible people through just smoking a joint.”

A Long History With ‘Bong Hits’

Although Webby’s been releasing popular cannabis-related songs for more than a decade now, his first big herb-related hit came out in 2016. Sativa, a collaboration with B-Real of Cypress Hill, Demrick & Zacari, started with lyrics that would get any pot lover excited:

This shit is sublime,
Hit it and lift up your mind,
The most specific of kinds.
Particular strains I’m smoking during daytime,
Got me feeling high and energetic at the same damn time.

Then, in 2017, Webby dropped another weed-themed gem: Twist Again, an updated version of his mid-2000s weed anthem La La La. In it, he justifiably claimed he’d “been on that La La La since ’08 / Combine strains and taste / Lebron james of vaping…”

But it was, again, his prowess with words that drove fans crazy.

The best hit my chest and I take the whole rip
Fuck a 20 bag I’ll take the whole zip
Even if the federal government oppose it
I say fuck it and grab another nugget and puff it in public
Weed naps on my back like a Snorlax
Highest alien bouncing off of the ceiling
I need it up in my system the minute that I record that
Loud pack in a wall rat

‘Pipe Down’

About two months ago, Webby got together with his frequent collaborator and CT brother ANoyd to drop a new cannabis-themed track: Pipe Down.

Smoking that shit that be curing patients,
Tuning out any person hating with the hustle, focus, and determination
Of a Gary Vaynerchuk, and my fans are up, and they at the show, and they hands are up
Untamed animal, got no handler
They can’t see me, I call them Sand-a-ra.

Today, High Times has the honor of dropping the video for this awesome song for cannabis lovers. Shot and directed by ROOK during the Canadian portion of Webby’s Raw Thoughts Tour (to keep everything above board), and produced by JPONTHETRACK and Nox Beatz, the oneiric video features Webby and ANoyd smoking huge joints while touring Canada and performing.

“Shooting music videos while on tour is always a very on-the-fly process,” Webby told High Times. “You kinda just find random locations and say ‘hey this would be a dope shot, grab the camera.’ That main shot with the lit up ceiling was a venue in Nelson, BC. Before soundcheck we got showered up and got the shot. I was extremely hungover and sleep-deprived but we made it happen.”

Webby went on to disclose that the scene with the giant joint was actually shot in Washington state, right before crossing the border into Canada.

“We knew we couldn’t take the weed with us so we got the shot, smoked as much as we could, and left the gigantic roach next to a tree. Hopefully someone stumbled upon it and enjoyed what was left,” he said during an exclusive conversation.

Some winks for his fans include his classic Jameson bottle, and, of course, his numerous mentions of what he calls real rappers: Eminem, Triggaman and Killa Cam (Cam’ron).

ANoyd, another English-language virtuoso, drops his own goods as well:

I think I’m in the mood for a peanut butter jelly
With a corner cut knife and a tight mouth
Puttin’ marijuana in a iCloud
I smell it like The Rock with the eyebrow

Talking exclusively with High Times, ANoyd said Pipe Down was a song that was easy to translate into video language. “It was such a smooth hip-hop vibe… We just had to capture that nostalgic feel visually. The video was shot in a bunch of random places throughout Canada,” he said commending ROOK for his ability to shoot on the fly.

“When Webb sent me the record, I started writing to it right away. Every record we have done together has been a vibe,” ANoyd concluded.

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Has Cannabis Reform Landed In The UK?

The British have finally decided that cannabis reform is overdue. In London at least, 63% of the population believe that recreational reform is a good idea.  According to a poll by The Evening Standard, the rest of England too, is getting close to a majority when the idea of recreational reform is in the room.

It is, as usual, recreational reform that is the icing on a medical cake that has yet to be baked. But that spice brownie is well on its way to the oven too. According to the British Medical Journal as of the beginning of July, the idea of broader access to regulated medical supplies for patients is mandatory.

And in the ranks of the conservative party, Crispin Blunt founded the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group last September to lead Parliament in a long overdue discussion about the use of both medicinal and recreational cannabis use in the UK that formally “launched” during the last week of June.

But how the industry will develop here is also a big question in the room right now, especially with a country poised on the edge of one of the biggest constitutional questions in the country’s history – to Brexit or not, and how.

Justice Minister Crispin Blunt (right)
Photo courtesy of The UK Ministry of Justice, Flickr

The North American Influence Is Controversial

While Blunt, for example, sees no issue with injecting North American capital into the debate, there are others who are not so sanguine. And while the idea of Canadian reform is popular here, including the freedom of patients (and others) to grow small amounts themselves, the idea of Canadian companies influencing national policy is not. From The Daily Mail to The Guardian, there have been front page headlines about the coming financial influence of “The North Americans.”

That this discussion is also going on at a time when the UK is considering a completely new trade agreement with the world, including on pharmaceuticals, is not insignificant. Where the country’s drugs come from, far from cannabis, is absolutely on the table. Not to mention how much they cost.

Questions of basic access are likely, in other words, to be in the room for a long time here. The barriers to obtaining and filling a prescription start at its expense – which is ₤1,100 (about $1,400) per prescription. There are few people, let alone those who are chronically ill, who can afford the same. This is far from a “normalized” drug- even of last resort- at the NHS.So far, the number of actual cannabis patients in the UK (ones who go to a doctor for a prescription and fill it) is still under 100 people.

That said, it is a start. And for the first time, as of this summer, those with the money can in fact, obtain cannabis by prescription.

But what happens to those (the vast majority) who cannot? 

Patients Are Feeling Side-lined

Just as in national legalizing conversations in the United States and Canada so far, patients are being pushed aside for “the business” to take the conversation forward. But where does this business fall on matters of price and access?

So far, the number of actual cannabis patients in the UK (ones who go to a doctor for a prescription and fill it) is still under 100 people.

While patient groups are organizing, and the earliest ones to gain national attention, usually families whose children have been directly in the line of fire, are getting commercial ambitions themselves, the fact remains that patient voices are not the loudest ones in the room. Although as Blunt announced last week, he does not see recreational reform happening in the UK for the next five years.

That also means that every Canadian company entering the market (in particular) will have to continue to sing the same medical song they have been humming across Europe- at least in public.

The UK is NOT Germany – But It’s Not Canada Or The US Either…

No matter how much more “liberal” supposedly, the English people are on the whole CBD question (there is already far more CBD for sale in the UK than just about anywhere else), the UK market is still far behind Germany. Why? Since March 2017, insurance companies auf Deutschland have been required to cover the drug – from sprays and pills to floss when prescribed by a doctor.

There are, by latest calculations about 50,000 German patients.

That said, it is clear that the British do not seem to give a fig about the entire “novel food” discussion and are literally, in some cases, daring the police to raid stores and shut down establishments. The idea of rebellion against EU rules seems very obvious on the CBD front.

Beyond this, however, it is also clear that “Canadian” much less “American” cannabis reform is not necessarily the only model in town.

As the British, in other words, do finally embrace the cannabis question, it is very likely that the face of the same will be of a unique Limey strain all of its own.

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The Pechoti Method: Can You Put Weed in Your Belly Button?

While there are the purists who swear by joints, cannabis users continue to find new ways to ingest the plant. There’s edibles, topicals, vaporizers, bongs, sodas, dabs, and sublinguals, to name a few. Perhaps it’s the creative powers of cannabis in action. One method of intake, known as the Pechoti Method, asks you to put cannabis oil in your belly button. While the Pechoti method has gained recent online attention, it’s far from new. While the exact date the Pechoti method came to existence is unclear, we know it’s used in Ayurveda traditions, an ancient Indian medical system known to be one of the oldest health care systems. So what is the Pechoti Method, how does it work, and who should use it? High Times spoke with a physician and naturopath to learn more.  

What is the Pechoti Method?

The Pechoti method, or Nabhi Chikitsa in Ayurveda traditions, refers to putting oil in the belly button for medicinal purposes. Oils such as tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil are often used for their antibacterial and antiviral properties. As cannabinoids are known to reduce nausea, fight inflammation, and kill cancer cells to name a few, it’s natural that Ayurvedic medicine practitioners turned to cannabis oil. As it’s not metabolized in your liver, it’s non-psychoactive.This delivery system is named after the Pechoti gland, which is believed to be located behind the belly button and continues to exist after the umbilical cord is cut.

“When you’re formed as a human all of your nutrition is going through your belly button,” says traditional naturopath and registered master herbalist Dr. Lakisha Jenkins. “That’s your source of nutrition from the time you begin to develop, so why can’t it be the rest of your life?” 

While Ayurveda traditions have an ancient tradition of using this gland, Western medicine isn’t convinced. It’s been reported by anecdotal sources the existence of a gland underneath the belly button.

“Through my study of anatomy, histology, embryology, and genetics I have never seen such a gland and wouldn’t be able to speak about the potential to receive essential oils as the Ayurvedic medicine recommends,” says cannabis researcher Carlos Rizo, MD.

How does it work?

“There are about 72,000 veins that run directly through your belly button throughout your entire body,” Dr. Jenkins says. “It’s directly connected to veins for your stomach.”

According to Dr. Jenkins, our gut contains many cannabinoid receptors and determines central nervous system disorders. Therefore, when you apply cannabis oil into the belly button, it’s systemically absorbed throughout the body. In Ayurveda, this method of intake is an integrated approach to endocrinology, both with cannabis and other herbs.

“Your endocrine system and hormones are the cause of a lot of the common ailments that are plaguing the human existence,” Dr. Jenkins says. She says to use the most organic and clean oil extraction that you could possibly have in order to get maximum efficacy, adding that Rick Simpson Oil also works.  

Who can benefit from it?

The Pechoti method is similar to cannabis suppositories, in that it’s systemic (absorbed by your whole system rather than localized) yet non-psychoactive. It’s an option for children or those who don’t react well or can’t ingest cannabis, such as a pregnant woman combating morning sickness or a cancer patient experiencing nausea and vomiting. However, anyone can put cannabis oil in their belly button. Dr. Jenkins says that people who have central nervous system disorders, neurological disorders, endocrine system insults, or gastro-intestinal issues, all of which are associated with chronic disease, can benefit from the Pechoti method.

“If you have reputable sources to teach us how the Pechoti method works, maybe patients that don’t tolerate cannabis may be able to use it,” says Dr. Rizo.  

Herbalists, naturopaths, and Ayurvedic and other traditional forms of method have trusted in this method of taking herbs strongly enough for it to pass the test of time. We need more research to understand its benefits fully, but you’re likely not going to hurt yourself by kicking back with some cannabis oil in your belly button.

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High Folks: K CAMP’s Hot, Rare Approach To The Cannabis Industry

Shining like the Black Sun, K CAMP is the center of attention in the visuals for his latest single Lottery. Throughout the video, he invites us to keep our eyes on him, while a group of hip-hop dancers amplify the vibrations that accompany the hard thump, bounce, and click of the track. “Lottery” is the first single released off of Wayy 2 Kritical, the rapper’s latest project with his in-house producer Bobby Kritcal, and it is only an introduction to the heatwave of energy surrounding the artist slash entrepreneur at this time in his career. 

K CAMP was raised in Northside Atlanta and has that recognizable “ATAlien” hunger to be bigger than life. He has had to shift his focus a lot since he first stepped on the Atlanta music scene back in 2009, and he has a new approach to life: learn the business of everything inside and out.

“I’m not the same K CAMP I was […] I’m more in my entrepreneurial artist lane,” he says. “It’s my duty to turn up for the whole team. We’re the black sheep. We’ve been in our own little world, but people look at the outcasts for influence. We like it. We’ve got our own fans, our own shit, and our own sound. With Wayy 2 Kritical, we’re standing on our tiptoes to clear the competition.”

The CEO of the RARE Sound music label isn’t just here to collaborate and add pressure to the rap music scene; he’s making a name for himself in the cannabis industry as well. He has partnered with Timeless Vapes to create the RARE Limited Edition Vaporizer and Battery Combination Pack for his fans who enjoy good weed and dope aesthetics.

“The creative process was really dope when creating this pen,” K CAMP exclaims with a deep, cool southern twang. “I wanted to create something upscale like a piece of art […] that my fans could really appreciate.” 

Courtesy of RARE Sound/Timeless Vapes

The vaporizer is minimalist, with a white and peach design paired with a black and grey flip case. According to Ryan Downing Manager of Collaborations at Timeless Vapes, collaborating with K CAMP only made sense. “Timeless has been a fan of K CAMP’s music, branding, and lifestyle for some time. We all decided it was time to link up and make this happen. Timeless Vapes is a lifestyle brand and K CAMP fit that mold perfectly for this collaboration,” says Downing. 

The company also has collections with rappers 2 Chainz and Dizzy Wright. 

When he first started indulging in cannabis, it was just for experiential purposes, but as he has gotten older and wiser, everything he does is a lot more intentional.

“I feel like I was the last one out of my partners to start smoking,” K CAMP shares with High Times. “I started smoking in high school at my partners trap house. They used to always smoke, [while] I just wanted to [play] NBA 2K. When I did hit my first blunt, I was laughing and geekin’ out of control. I finally got [used] to it, and I’ve been smoking ever since.” 

Once K CAMP started to build his own relationship with the plant, he became conscious of cannabis’ power to cultivate community, joy, and individuality, which are ideals that he advocates for through his music and business ventures.

“A lot of people beef [about] stupid shit, [but] weed calms your nerves, [it] helps you think a little bit, [and it] helps you get a little more creative,” he says.

“Cannabis directly helps create happier moments creatively and spiritually, so it’s definitely important for these low-income black communities to have access to the same cannabis being offered in suburban and trendy urban areas,” said K CAMP. “ At the end of the day, it’s the same with food. You don’t want to be putting stuff in your body that doesn’t meet a certain standard.” 

Recently, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize the sale and use of recreational cannabis. The state plans to expunge and pardon 800,000 residents with small non-violent cannabis charges and create social equity programs that prioritize individuals from low-income black communities that have been disproportionately affected by anti-cannabis legislation.

But in states like Georgia, where cannabis is only medicinal (low-THC oils), some lawmakers remain ignorant and forbidding about how the war on drugs has poorly affected black communities. A January 2019  report by the Drug Policy Alliance showed that in 2017, 73% of marijuana charges were handed out to blacks living in the state. 

“With drug laws having affected urban communities the hardest, I [want to] create a whole brand that can give back to those communities directly impacted by these archaic laws.  And I’m lucky enough to have great partners and a supportive team around me to really build the foundation for that,” says K CAMP.

ONLYONETWO, a ghostwriter, cannabis enthusiast, and the creative director for comedian, actor, and artist Spoken Reasons, says that the cannabis industry needs more African-Americans, like K CAMP, taking stake and ownership in the industry. “As long as he’s knowledgeable and producing clean [products] I’m all for it,” he shared via text.

K CAMP is in rare form, and he wants the world to understand that his vitality and uniqueness are unmatched, and he’s only going to shine brighter.

“I want you to say, ‘K CAMP is one of the greatest to ever do it’,” he leaves off. “They slept on us for so long, but we still come out on top. They said I wasn’t going to do it; now it’s bigger than life. I want to set an example as an artist and a businessman. I’m not afraid to push boundaries or speak what I feel. I just hope you think, ‘Damn, I want to do it like K CAMP did it’.”

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New Study Finds Decreased Rates of Teen Pot Use in States With Legal Cannabis

A new study has found that the rate of cannabis use by teens has gone down in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Results of the research were published online on Monday by JAMA Pediatrics.

To conduct the study, researchers analyzed survey data on marijuana use by 1.4 million teenagers from 1993 to 2017. During that time period, 27 states and Washington, D.C. legalized medical marijuana, while seven states legalized the recreational use of cannabis.

The study found that states with laws legalizing the recreational use of cannabis saw an 8 percent drop in the rate of teens who reported using marijuana during the previous 30 days and a decrease of 9 percent in the rate of frequent cannabis use. Frequent use was defined as the use of marijuana at least 10 times during the previous 30 days.

Mark Anderson, an associate professor in agricultural economics at Montana State University in Bozeman and lead author of the study, noted that states that had only legalized medical marijuana did not see an associated drop in teen use.

“Just to be clear we found no effect on teen use following legalization for medical purposes, but evidence of a possible reduction in use following legalization for recreational purposes,” said Anderson.

The researcher theorized in an email to Reuters that the drop in teen use in states with legal recreational cannabis could be caused by a decline in the number of people selling marijuana on the black market.

“It may actually be more difficult for teens to obtain marijuana as drug dealers are replaced by licensed dispensaries that require proof of age,” wrote Anderson. “Selling to minors becomes a relatively more risky proposition after the passage of these laws.”

Helping Teens Make Informed Decisions

Rebekah Levine Coley, a professor of developmental and educational psychology at Boston College who wasn’t involved in the research, said that legalization may lead to “increased parental supervision or discussions between parents and adolescents regarding the dangers of marijuana use in reaction to legalization and the resultant increases in political and news attention and perceived availability.”

Dr. Ellen Rome, head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Children’s in Ohio, who also did not participate in the research, said that for conversations between parents and teens to be effective, two-way communication is key.

“Have frank discussions with your teen, where you ask first what they believe about teens and marijuana use before and after legalization,” Rome said. “Then share your own beliefs, and encourage dialogue – and ask what they believe will help prevent youth from using illegally.”

Another academic not involved in the study, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, a professor of pediatrics at Stanford University’s Division of Adolescent Medicine, said that discussions with parents and teens should be backed up with scientific information on the potential risks of cannabis.

“The other question is, are youth getting the message about the fact that using marijuana during adolescence is more harmful because of their brain development?” Halpern-Felsher said. “Given the legalization, we need more education around marijuana or cannabis use for youth and we don’t really have a lot of education.”

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