Facts About Marijuana & How to Talk with Your Teen

For information on the effects of THC and how to talk with teens about the law and potentially risky products to be aware of, go to:

Weed Whacked Film & Discussion Guide

Weed Whacked is a 19 minute film for youth ages 12-17 filmed in Tahoe-Truckee as a collaboration between Gateway Mountain Center and The Future Without Drug Dependence Coalition. It features young adults ages 18-23 telling their personal stories of cannabis use, what attracted them to using, what they noticed about their use and how they ultimately quit with the help of friends, family, community resources and focusing on their “natural highs” as an alternative.

A Parent’s Guide to a New Epidemic


Local and State Regulations

Each local municipality has the ability under Prop 64 to determine their own regulations as long as they do not undermine state regulations. Contact your local city council person to learn about your city’s cannabis ordinances.

Educational Cannabis Prevention Videos

This is a collection of carefully curated prevention videos for educators and parents to utilize as education and discussion tools when working with middle and high school youth. Please explain beforehand that this information relates to youth substance use and not adult use. Review each video before using to assess appropriate content and subject matter for the lesson and ages being served.

Download Educational Cannabis Prevention Videos

Surprising Truths About Legalizing Cannabis

In this fascinating talk at TedX in Denver, expert Ben Cort speaks on some of the important issues on how marijuana is being marketed.

Cannabis Use Dependence or Cannabis Use Disorder is real

The Other Side of Cannabis Movie

This film discusses Cannabis Use Disorder, Cannabis Use Dependence and the risk of mental illness with cannabis use; especially for teens before the brain is fully developed.  To order this powerful 17-minute DVD visit

Health Risks of Marijuana Use for Youth and Pregnant Women

Marijuana and the Teenage Brain

Mental Health Risks for Youth Who Use Cannabis (THC)

Download Marijuana Rack Card as Printable PDF in English & Spanish

Research & Publications

HIDTA Western States Cannabis Summit – Key Findings (2023)

Marijuana and the Pediatric Population (Aug 2020)

Cannabis and Psychosis (April 2020)

Schizophrenia and Cannabis Use Disorder (Nov 2019)

US Surgeon General Advisory – Marijuana (2019)

Adolescent Cannabis Use and Risk of Mental Illness Part 1 (2018)

Adolescent Cannabis Use and Risk of Mental Illness Part 2 (2018)

Adolescent Cannabis Use and Risk of Mental Illness Part 3 (2018)

Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Implications for Neonatal and Childhood Outcomes (Aug 2018)

Risks of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy (2016)

VA Chronic Pain and PTSD Report on Cannabis (Aug 2017)

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact (Oct 2017)

The Triangulum: Tobacco, Marijuana, and Electronic Smoking Devices (Sept 2016)

Mental Health Risks from Youth Cannabis Use and a Positive Response Through Language & Healthy Coping Skills

Vaping – Nicotine and Cannabis Polyuse in Adolescence (Oct 2020)

Marijuana Policy in Massachusetts: Statement of Concern (May 2019)

THC Potency – Daily Use and Increase in Psychotic Disorder (March 2019)

Cannabis Use in Adolescence – Systematic Review (Feb 2019)

Addiction: Age-varying Effects of Cannabis Use Frequency and
Disorder on Mental Health (2019)

Cannabis and Early Use – A Bad Idea (Feb 2019)

What’s the Risk? Marijuana Use and Pregnancy (2018)

Marijuana Facts Parents Need to Know (June 2018)

Marijuana Safety Prop 64

Seguridad y Marihuana Prop 64

Marijuana Hechos Que Los Padres Deben Saber (Marzo2014)