By Brandie Weikle Special to the Star Wed., Oct. 17, 2018 Kathryn Dorrell has been having some frank discussions about legal cannabis with her two teen daughters, ages 19 and 16. Although her eldest is old enough to consume marijuana under Canada’s new legal recreational cannabis laws, Dorrell has been encouraging both her girls to delay trying pot until they’re well into their 20s. She’s one of several parents I heard from who are concerned about potential effects of cannabis on the young brain, which research shows is still developing into the 20s, as well as increased risk of harm where there’s a family history of mental illness or addiction. Until now parents could lean on pot’s illegality as a reason enough to warn their kids away; that narrative has changed now that Canada has officially elevated cannabis’s status in our country. As a result, moms and dads must find new ways to chat with their children about cannabis. “I would encourage other parents to talk to kids about the fact that you have to be careful about the substances that you use your whole life, but particularly in this period where your brain could be considered to be a… Read full this story
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