Adult Use

Youth Marijuana Prevention

With marijuana use comes responsibility for health and safety.

Overview

What is responsible adult marijuana use?  Where can information be found about the laws? How do families talk to teens about marijuana use?  Find these answers at Weed to Know.


Weed to Know

Help Prevent Underage Marijuana Use

Weed to Know is a campaign that gives adults and adult marijuana users the information they need to know the laws, understand safe storage of marijuana, and learn how to talk to teens about marijuana use. For more information about this campaign, including how to use it in your community, contact Spokane Regional Health District’s Healthy Communities program at 509.324.1530.

Safe Storage

When parents, grandparents or other caregivers use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, they should properly store it, in a child-proof manner. Keep it out of reach of kids and store it in a container that has child-proof locking mechanisms.

Many marijuana products have attractive packaging. Edible marijuana often has  packaging that could easily be mistaken for products that don't contain marijuana. Safe storage is important to keep these away from children and youth.

If marijuana in ingested by a child, they may need emergency medical help. Signs of accidental ingestion include problems walking or sitting up, difficulty breathing, and becoming sleepy. If you believe a child has ingested marijuana contact the Washington Poison Center at 800.222.1222 or call 911.


Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should consult with their health care provider about marijuana use.

Baby & You

Marijuana use during pregnancy or breastfeeding is risky. Research is still underway to learn more about impacts of marijuana use on pregnant women but some risks that have been found so far include:

  • THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, crosses the placental barrier. It is also found in the breast milk of nursing mothers. Babies exposed to THC through breastmilk have been showed to experience increased tremors, poor sucking, slow weight gain, and poor feeding in the first month of life
  • Research indicates that children both to women who used marijuana while they were pregnant have poorer verbal, memory and reasoning ability, poorer motor skills and shorter length of play, and are more likely to be fearful, impulsive, inattentive, hyperactive, and delinquent.
  • Some research has indicated that women who use marijuana during pregnancy are more likely to experience placental complications and give birth to babies with a lower birth weight
  • Heavy marijuana use may make it difficult to become pregnant because of reduced fertility in both men and women

For more information about marijuana and marijuana use and pregnancy, talk to your health care provider or visit Weed to Know – Baby and You.

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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Weed to Know for Baby & You

Providing facts around harms associated with marijuana use during pregnancy, breastfeeding and caregiving.

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Teen Link

Empowering youth to make positive and self-respecting decisions. Call 1-866-TEENLINK

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