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Dear concerned parent,
I believe I can help you with this situation.
I have run a drug counseling program at the local jail for several years, as a volunteer.
I rarely see a person with a problem from marijuana use, and that is usually associated with other mental disorders.
It is not physically addictive, although some people use it too often, which is a diversion from doing other more constructive activities, although some creative people use it and work and achieve at a very high level.
Some of the best students smoke pot and get the hightest grades, and some perform certain skills at a higher level under the influence then not.
I do not recommend it, but it is much better to use cannabis then to use alcohol or any other drugs, all of which are damaging and potentially dangerous.
I do not use it but I did many years ago and I have accomplished a great deal in my life at a high level of achievment.
Onced again, I do not recommend it or promote it, but I do not think it is a problem. At your son's school almost all go on to college.
I also taught at the college level (sociology, anthropology, and mental health) and know that a lot of my students, often the best, XXXXX XXXXX herb.
The big drawback is that it is illegal and can get a person into trouble and give them a criminal record.
It is being de-criminalized as the governments begin to take a more common sense approach and find ways to tax it.
It seems that there is nothing that you can really do as this is acceptable in his peer group and all of your warnings mean nothing when his experiences tell him otherwise. You can tell him that you do not approve and warn him about the legal consequences and then further repercussions about his future if he gets caught.
For a different point of view than the one promoted by the liquor industry (which successfull lobbied for marijuana criminalization back in the 1930s), you might look at this book.
One again, I think that NOT smoking pot is BETTER than smoking pot, but the biggest drawback is the legal issue, and is quite important.
I wish you great sucess in continuing to raise a good young man. He will turn out fine.
Tell him what you think but don't let this drive a wedge between you.
If it was alcohol or any other drug, I would give you a very different answer, but U urge you to be reasonable and let him grow up.
I shall keep your family in my prayers.
Elliott, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC