The recent public angst about above-normal lead readings in Tacoma water makes total sense. But parents shouldn’t forget about a more pervasive and ultimately greater threat to the development and brain function of their children: marijuana.
Like it or not, legal recreational pot has arrived. Pierce County was one of the last to stop ignoring that reality; starting July 1, the county will bring its licensing and enforcement power to bear on the nascent industry. Youths under 18 will have a harder time buying weed than they do in today’s Wild West environment.
But let’s not fool ourselves: Kids who want to get high will find a way. The best method to thwart the urge is through education and open dialogue. To that end, local public health leaders are hosting a marijuana prevention conference for teens, parents, educators and youth group leaders. The free event is set for Saturday at Clover Park Technical College. For information, go to tinyurl.com/YPMPC2016.
With breakout sessions, speakers, gift cards, and even dancing and poetry, it promises to be an engaging way to help adolescents aspire to a natural high.