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The title may appear misleading or perhaps indicates that this article will provide proper parenting. Absolutely not. Every parent has a right (responsibility) to educate their children as they see fit.

We are not only talking about medical marijuana here, remember marijuana is on a ‘fast-track’ to total legalization. How do you share this concept with your kids?

If our time travel machine was operable, we would visit the period of history just after alcohol prohibition was overturned by Congress in the 1930’s. What and how did parents explain to their children that it’s now ok for adults to use alcohol. An exhaustive search online revealed no publications to introduce our children to legal alcohol after the repeal of the Volstead Act. Perhaps it was and is still not a big deal. Children are, and have always been smarter than us adults realize.

Modern public-school text books teach our children that alcohol was prohibited in 1920 via the Volstead Act, and then made legal again another decade later. The culprits blamed for the repeal of alcohol are christian women (the suffrage movement). Not much is taught in our public schools about the serious abuse of alcohol prior to repeal, just a footnote in America’s strange history.

In a recent article posted by Lady Bud, an online publication about cannabis, a newly released children’s book series that helps children understand medical cannabis was reviewed. The book series is titled Stinky Steve Explains Medical Marijuana and uses illustrations and child appropriate language to explain the benefits and dangers of medical cannabis.

It will be interesting how text book writers address the 70 years of marijuana prohibition in this country, perhaps another simple footnote, which is all right with me.

However you talk to your children about marijuana, whatever you say, nothing is wrong. Starting the discussion is the biggest hurdle.

Rita Murphy
Rita Murphy
I treat my rheumatoid arthritis with marijuana. Sometimes I write about it.

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