Issaquah High School discusses how to talk about pot

Issaquah High School discusses how to talk about pot

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by ABBEY GIBB / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 28, 2014 at 2:57 AM

There are still so many unanswered questions when it comes to Iniative 502.  A big one for parents: how do I talk to them about it?

Parents and community members held a forum Monday at Issaquah High School to discuss just that.

"I think we need to approach it the same way as drinking but they think it’s not as bad,"  mother of two, Theresa Stoppard, said.

And she’s right,  The Issaquah School District did a recent study of their high school students.  It shows 25% of seniors currently smoke marijuana, while 43% currently drink alcohol…

http://www.ihs.issaquah.wednet.edu/student%20handbook%202013%202014.pdf.

That same study found an overwhelming majority found little or no risk in smoking marijuana.

"If you’re under 21 the law hasn’t changed, you still can’t have marijuana," said Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers.

But the same law goes for alcohol and that hasn’t stopped students, which worries Ayers.

"Everyone should be worried because when you have a lot more access you have a lot more use," he added.

Bottom line, he and parents Monday said it comes down to one thing: honesty.
 

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