Local Group Tours, Warning Parents About Damages of Pot

Allison Blood (@AllisonBlood)

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) – As marijuana is increasingly legalized and decriminalized across the country, one group is telling parents to think twice about weed and their kids.

The five-day Missouri Marijuana Prevention Tour made its first stop in Chesterfield on Monday. It’s conducted by the Missouri Substance Abuse Network and locally by the Alliance for Healthy Communities.

Director of Alliance for Healthy Communities Ken McManus says the goal isn’t to be alarmist, but to let parents know that pot affects adolescent brains differently.

He says that it has been hybridized and there’s a lot more strength in THC levels. Also, the way that people consume has changed as well he adds.

“It’s not the same drug it was 30 years ago. Today’s parents, and again people who work with children in general, need to understand the medical differences,” says McMannus. “The way it truly impacts developing brains, brain structure, brain function.”

Psychiatrist Christian Thurstone and the rest of the tour move on to Columbia on Tuesday.

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