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Teens and Young People

Cannabis poses unique health risks to young people regardless of how it's used. Cannabis has been known by many different names, including marijuana, weed, pot, among others. This page provides information that can be helpful in speaking with teens and young people about cannabis. It is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to possess or use cannabis in any form, other than specific medical use situations. For more information about cannabis laws, click here. 

Cannabis: Teens and Young People

Why do some teens choose to use cannabis? What are some of the health considerations? What are some signs of a potential use disorder? The following fact sheet provides useful information in answering some of these questions.

It is important to speak with young people about cannabis. What if you don't have all the answers? The fact sheet below provides some ideas to help you have a useful conversation about cannabis with teens and young people. 


The following resources were used in developing the material on this website and may provide additional helpful information about cannabis:

If you are looking for resources or support around cannabis or other substance use, please call 311. 

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