Easing of pot laws poses challenge for parents

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 17 at 7:32 PM

DENVER (AP) — The easing of state marijuana laws is posing challenges for some parents.

Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he's got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and he finds himself repeatedly explaining green-leaf marijuana ads and "free joint" promotions endemic in his suburban hometown.

Jolten is among legions of American parents who are finding the "drug talk" increasingly problematic as more states allow medical marijuana or decriminalize its use.

Colorado and Washington state have measures on their Nov. 6 ballot that would go a step further and legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults.

The president of the Partnership at Drugfree.org. says legalization and medical use of marijuana have created a perception among kids that this is no big deal.

The executive director of the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance says family conversations are becoming a lot more real because most of today's parents likely tried marijuana themselves.

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APPHOTO NY396: This August 2011 photo provided by the family shows Sarena Haskins, center, with her children, Hannah, 12, at left, and Hayden, now 8, in Olympia, Wash. Sarena Haskins is a regular user of marijuana for medical reasons, as allowed by state law. But she is opposed to a measure on Washington's Nov. 6 ballot that would legalize pot for recreational purposes, and advises Hannah not to experiment with it. (AP Photo/Kris Haskins) (30 Oct 2010)

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APPHOTO NY398: In this June 12, 2012 photo, Trish Nixon, left, stands with her 21-year-old daughter, Krista Nixon, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Trish Nixon talks about the challenge she has faced over the years about marijuana. Nixon said the message to her daughter changed over the years, evolving from "It's against the law, don't do it," to a more nuanced message that takes into consideration medical marijuana and ballot initiatives to legalize the drug. Trish Nixon said her mother's message meshed with what she was learning through her friends, which included some who used marijuana. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda) (12 Jun 2012)

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