Youth Marijuana Prevention

Washington’s legalization of recreational marijuana changed how people use the substance and prompted questions about the law, addiction and responsible use.

Program Overview

Youth marijuana prevention activities at Spokane Regional Health District are part of its Tobacco, Vaping Device and Marijuana Prevention program. Program staff work to decrease youth marijuana use initiation by

  • Promoting the need for prevention work among the community’s decision makers, including changing policies, systems, and environments to decrease youth marijuana use
  • Educating marijuana retailers on the law and potential harms of youth marijuana use
  • Educating parents and youth about the law and about risks of youth marijuana use
  • Advocating for marijuana-free school environments and restorative discipline for marijuana related behaviors
  • Promoting youth leadership and social skill development
  • Educating the public about public use bans
  • Promoting recovery and support resources for adults and teens

Though most youth report not using marijuana, the work of this program is important as marijuana use among youth is not safe and can cause long-term impacts to the developing brain, put youth at an increased risk of addiction, and can have many social and legal consequences. Learn more about marijuana.

The program is funded by Washington State Department of Health’s Dedicated Marijuana Fund. Initiative 502 provided for funds from the tax on marijuana sales to be dedicated to youth marijuana prevention and education.


Leaders in Prevention


Developed through Peers Practicing Prevention, this video tells the stories of Spokane youth. Peers Practicing Prevention was a grant opportunity offered to youth organizations in 2016 and 2017 and paid for by the Washington State Department of Health, Dedicated Marijuana Account Funding. The goal was to understand youth perception of the impact of recreational marijuana legalization. The views expressed are those of the individuals represented. Youth also observed neighborhoods in Spokane County for prevalence of marijuana retailers and marketing that could be perceived as directed at youth. Their observations indicated that licensed marijuana retail stores and marketing is more common in lower-income neighborhoods.


Triangulum News

Get information about tobacco, marijuana and vaping devices by signing up for Triangulum News, a quarterly e-newsletter. See past editions by viewing the Triangulum News archive.

Triangulum, the Latin term for triangle, reflects the intersection of tobacco, marijuana, and vaping devices; the latter being the delivery device for both these and other substances.

Weed to Know

If you choose to use marijuana, it's important to know the laws, potential risks and how you can help prevent underage marijuana use.

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Marijuana Prevention for Health Care Providers

Working closely with health care providers as they are a trusted source for patients seeking information about tobacco, vaping or marijuana.

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You Can

A marijuana prevention campaign for youth with information about health effects, consequences, and frequently asked questions about marijuana.

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