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For many parents, recent changes to marijuana laws in Massachusetts have caused confusion about the legal status of marijuana – and made discussions with their children about the recreational use of marijuana more complicated. To address this issue, the Department’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services has launched “Parent Power,” a public information campaign which aims to support parents as they talk to their kids about marijuana use.

Research has shown that parents are the most powerful influence on their children’s lives. In fact, children whose parents talk to them about the risks of using drugs are up to 50% less likely to use them.

In order to help parents as they begin to have these conversations, the campaign includes information about the current marijuana laws; explains the effects marijuana has on the health of young people; and provides some research-based suggestions on ways to discuss marijuana with adolescents and teens. The website is also available in Spanish.

To learn more about the campaign, visit the Parent Power webpage.

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Interim Director of Prevention in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

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