A recent article in The Washington Post addressed a subject that has been of growing concern to those of us who work with teens and young adults. While much has been written lately about our adolescents’ addiction to their “smart devices” even in some circles considered our kids “drug of choice,” not enough has been said about what marijuana does to the developing brain.

Author, Laura Hanby Hudgens, says that a current increasingly casual attitude to the smoking of marijuana among teens should be of serious concern to parents and kids. Its legalization in a growing number of states has not only made it easier for kids to buy but has somehow legitimized its use. Most kids believe that it can’t be harmful. However, it is, especially for those whose brains are still developing.

We think this article makes for a good “door opener” for a discussion with your child.