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Introducing Cannabis: Risks, Laws, and Habits

Although marijuana is often considered a “soft” drug, recent studies suggest that it is anything but safe—especially for young people. This program examines cannabis in the same context as harder drugs and reveals the devastating consequences of becoming addicted in childhood or adolescence. Stories from teenagers and young adults provide an unflinching look at how a user gets hooked and grows isolated from others. The video also delves into the chemical makeup of marijuana; presents statistics and expert commentary regarding its short- and long-term effects on the brain and body; reveals insights into high-risk behavior; and provides information on legal issues surrounding the drug. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. (25 minutes)

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Drugs and Risk Taking
Fear of risks is not a deterrent for teens smoking cannabis. Using drugs is a way to find an identity within a circle of friends. High risk taking involves risks with a higher likelihood of negative consequences.