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I'm sorry to hear about what you've been going through with your son, and I can certainly understand your concern. Although fortunately cannabis itself is not as dangerous as many other substances, there are still several warning signs here that are worth taking seriously. The fact that he is putting himself in potentially risky and illegal situations is very troublesome, as well as the fact that he is starting to use cannabis on his own and by himself. Often when people use cannabis to self-medicate for anxiety
, depression, or other problems, but if your son is otherwise reasonably well adjusted, it's possible that he just likes it too, and is experimenting like many teens do. Regardless, the concern is always that this will go from experimentation to regular use or more serious substances, so you are right to take this seriously.
At this point it would seem safe to say that your son would benefit from meeting with a counsellor about this. There are counsellors out there who specifically work with substance abuse
, but most professionals who work with adolescents would be able to address these concerns with your son. You've handled this the right way so far in terms of restricting your son's privileges. However, at this point since the problem continues to persist, it would be worth having your son evaluated to see if there are any personal issues contributing to this, and how to best approach those problems.
Overall it is a good sign that you were able to talk to your son about this and that he was able to be open with you. Right now there may not be cause to be overly concerned if this has been limited to a handful of incidents. At the same time, it is obviously important to take this very seriously as you have been, and the next step would be to enlist some outside help.
I definitely wish you the best with all of this and if there is anything else that I can do to help, please let me know.