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DEA Warns Parents of Pot Legalization Ripple Effect

Kevin Killeen
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Photo: AFP/Getty/Juan Mabromata

Photo: AFP/Getty/Juan Mabromata

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning parents to beware of the new attitude toward majiuana this school year.

DEA special agent in charge in St. Louis Jim Shroba says the legalization of the drug in Colorado has had a ripple effect on youth culture.

“Whenever we see laws in states that pass measures allowing for the recreational use of marijuana, then it normalizes it for the entire society – for all the 50 states,” Shorba says.

Parents should warn their pot-prone children – ages 12 to 19 – that the drug is still illegal here, it is addictive and it can cause conginitive development problems, he says.

Legalization efforts across the country give teens and young adults the impression that psychoactive drugs are somehow safe, Shroba says.

“It gives them the appearance that they’re somehow smarter than the rest of us because they’ve passed a legalization measure,” Shroba says. “That there is somehow no long-term physiological or developmental effects that this will have on the body.”

The DEA says parents should watch who their children are hanging out with this school year, and consider a drop in test scores or absenteeism signs of a possible problem.

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