+Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
First and foremost, marijuana is not a negative influence. My parents have never talked to me about drugs once in my entire life. They assume I've never done drugs and will never do drugs. Throughout my entire high school career, I used marijuana recreationally; and we're talking from 14 years old here. I saw immediate and substantial grade improvements. I stopped for sports seasons and saw my grades drop again. I got a 2280 on my SAT during my junior year of high school and graduated with a 5.7 on a 6 scale GPA. Now I'm 20 years old, starting my third year at Columbia. The best way to make sure your kids avoid negative influences is to let them smoke all the marijuana they want, and if you're smart, you won't say a word about it. Because here's the thing that I noticed the most out of my friends' drug use and my own: The parents of my friend who graduated with a 2300+ SAT tried to find out if he smoked weed. They tried, and managed to pull it off. Once his parents knew he "did drugs" he saw it as a green light to try whatever he wanted to. Moved to snorting 20 xanax a day with codeine and promethazine addictions. He did it ALL because his parents knew he smoked weed, and he thought that there was no difference in them knowing he did one or the other, and he was right; it didn't matter. My other friend, equally intelligent, equally responsible/irresponsible, was in the same situation as me. Parents never talked to him about weed. Never asked. He's smoked weed for the last 6 years, never touched another drug, same as me. We both stopped smoking weed frequently but still do on occasion. Moral here: if you want your kid to rail 20 xanax a day, run away from home because you tell him "marijuana is a drug", understand that kids equate the word "drug" for every substance they can get their hands on. Unless you are blatantly going to tell your kid that marijuana is not a drug, you might as well not ever even talk to them about it.