How to Talk to Your Kids About Marijuana in a Society Where It Is Increasingly Legal

Elizabeth D'Amico knows a thing or two about kids and drugs. A clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation who has studied adolescent drug and alcohol use for the past 20 years, D'Amico is the mother of two boys on the verge of adolescence.


In the video below, she brings to bear both her clinical and her maternal experience to make some suggestions about how we can deal with the inevitable questions that arise when, for instance, Junion spots a giant billboard extolling the virtues of somebody's pot product: "It can't be bad if it's legal and they can advertise, right, mom?"

It's not quite that simple. D'Amico explains that the best approach is "to give honest, balanced answers based on facts," which she proceeds to do:

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