There Is No Debate Initiative

Marijuana. It has been and will continue to be debated as never before. Rigorous discussion and research is needed to reveal potential uses, benefits, and harms. BUT…while there is debate and controversy around some aspects of marijuana, There Is No Debate about marijuana’s harms to our youth. The Campbell County Prevention Council opposes the use of marijuana because of the destructive consequences to individuals, public health, and community safety.

The Facts

  • Marijuana Normalization Will Increase Teen Use
  • Marijuana Weakens Teen Athletic Performance
  • Marijuana Disrupts Development of the Teen Brain
  • Marijuana Derails Academic Performance
  • Marijuana and Kids are a Toxic Mix
  • Marijuana Can Kill

We have developed this campaign to provide parents and families facts about marijuana and it’s consequences that you may not find anywhere else. We want to empower parents in our community to prevent youth from experimenting with marijuana, despite the mixed signals they may be receiving through the media and pro-marijuana efforts.


MARIJUANA NORMALIZATION WILL INCREASE TEEN USE
Let’s put our energy into keeping our kids clean.


  1. The 16 states with the highest monthly youth marijuana use have all legalized marijuana in some form. Wyoming is currently the 6th lowest state in monthly youth marijuana use.
  2. In the three years after medical marijuana was commercialized in Colorado there was a 26% increase in monthly marijuana use by youth aged 12-17.
  3. Marijuana abuse/dependence is the number one reason kids are admitted to substance abuse treatment across the nation.

Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2010 & 2013


MARIJUANA WEAKENS TEEN ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Marijuana takes our kids out of the competition.


  1. Marijuana reduces sports performance through slowed reaction time, problems with motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, and perceptual accuracy.
  2. Marijuana use creates greater difficulty for athletes to intake sufficient oxygen for peak performance.
  3. Marijuana inhibits sweating and temperature control.

1. Source: ESPN - http://espn.go.com/special/s/drugsandsports/mari.html
2. Source: Marijuana and Sports - Research Brief from the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
3. Source: Marijuana and Athletic Performance – Washington State University Alcohol & Drug Counseling, Assessment, & Prevention Services


MARIJUANA DISRUPTS DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEEN BRAIN
The outcomes of teen marijuana use are unpredictable.


  1. Teens are more vulnerable to addiction to any substance if they start young. About 1 in 6 teens that use marijuana will become addicted.
  2. Marijuana exposure during brain development can cause long-term or possibly permanent negative changes.
  3. Marijuana use is linked to a variety of mental health problems in teens, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and personality disturbances.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse


MARIJUANA DERAILS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Studying, homework, tests and grades are all jeopardized by marijuana.

  1. Colorado experienced a 32% increase in drug-related school suspensions and expulsions in the 4 years after medical marijuana was commercialized.
  2. Regular marijuana use by teens makes them significantly less likely than their non-using peers to finish high school or obtain a degree.
  3. Marijuana’s negative impacts on attention, memory, and learning can last days or even weeks after use.

1. Source: Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Tracking Area 2014 Report
2. Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse


MARIJUANA AND KIDS ARE A TOXIC MIX
The potency of today’s marijuana makes it more dangerous than ever.

  1. In Colorado, marijuana-related ER visits rose 57% over a 2-year period from 8,198 in 2011 to 12,888 in 2013.
  2. Marijuana-related hospital admissions in Colorado increased 82% from 2008 to 2013.
  3. Nationwide, calls to poison control centers about pediatric marijuana exposures are as much as 3 times higher in states with lenient marijuana laws.

Source: Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Tracking Area 2014 Report


MARIJUANA CAN KILL
Marijuana impairs driving and increases the risk for crash-related fatalities.

  1. Marijuana causes serious impairment in motor skills, judgement, and perception, which are all necessary for operating a vehicle safely.
  2. High school seniors who smoke marijuana are 65% more likely to get into a car crash than those who don't smoke.
  3. In Colorado, from 2007 to 2012, traffic fatalities involving drivers testing positive for marijuana increased 100%.

1. Source: Wyoming Criminal Intelligence Analysis Center, 2014
2. Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, O’Malley & Johnston, 2013
3. Source: HIDTA


This page was developed, in part, under grant number SP017004 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS.

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