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March 20, 2014

Dear Abby: Mom seeks guidance for son questioning legal marijuana

Dear Abby: Due to various antidrug lectures he was exposed to at school, my 13-year-old son believes that marijuana is not only illegal but also is very bad for you. He said it is poison.

My state has recently legalized marijuana, and I am at a loss about how to explain to him that pot is no longer “that bad,” as people partake of it in a responsible manner going forward. Any suggestions?

Colorado Mom

Dear Mom: Marijuana isn’t poison, unless it was sprayed with a poisonous chemical before being harvested. The marijuana being sold to adults in the states where it is now legal has been carefully cultivated and harvested. Its use is not encouraged among teenagers, however, because research has shown it can impair brain development among young people.

Stress to your son that like alcohol, marijuana can slow reaction time and impair judgment and memory, which is why it’s illegal for minors to use it. Whether it will become legal across the nation is still an open question. If it’s abused the way that alcohol sometimes is, smoking weed may also be harmful because, like any smoke, it poses a risk to the lungs.

Dear Abby: I moved into my boyfriend’s home several months ago. In the beginning, he was very attentive, and we had fun together. But over the last couple of months, he has become abusive and unbearable to live with. He orders me around and double-checks to make sure I’m doing things “his way.”

I feel as though there isn’t room to breathe and no way out. I have lost weight, and I’m having trouble sleeping now. I have no family or friends who can help me out. I want to end this misery! But how?

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