Effects on Youth
Brain development is not complete until age 25. For the best chance to reach their full potential, youth should not use marijuana. Youth that begin using marijuana regularly are more likely to become addicted than those who wait until adulthood to use.1
Talk to youth about marijuana to help them better understand the risks of marijuana. Only about half of Colorado high school students think that regularly using marijuana is harmful.2 Youth who think marijuana is risky are much less likely to use marijuana regularly.2
Additionally, some mental health issues are more common for youth that use marijuana regularly.1 These may include:
Since marijuana is still illegal outside Colorado, youth with marijuana charges may not get financial aid to help pay for college. Youth can lose Perkins Loans, Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, PLUS Loans, and Work-Study Programs (Section 484 subsection R of the Higher Education Act of 1998 ). Be sure youth understand that marijuana use can get in the way of paying for college.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the following are common signs to look for if parents suspect their child is using marijuana.25 He/she might: