Adults in Massachusetts can legally purchase marijuana and the Commonwealth’s Cannabis Control Commission is providing resources for parents and caregivers about how to have health conversations with children about marijuana.
According to the CCC, the brains of young people do not fully develop until they reach their mid-20s. Regular marijuana use during adolescence and early adulthood can lead to changes in the brain and negatively affect memory, learning, and attention. It can also impact school performance and the ability to drive.
If you think your child is struggling with substance use, you can contact the MA Substance Use Helpline. Specialists can answer your questions and refer you to services to help your child and you.
If your child ingests marijuana, call the poison control hotline at (800) 222-1222. It’s free and you’ll be helped quickly. If the reaction seems serious, call 911 or go to the emergency room.