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Colorado Educators Use Research To Inform Teens About Marijuana


Working at an alternative high school in Colorado, one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, Sarah Grippa and Molly Lotz saw that many of their students viewed cannabis as a harmless substance. 

The duo reported that they “witnessed a paradigm shift among our students.”

“We noticed an increase in misinformation regarding youth marijuana impacts and a decrease in students’ perception of harm. We, like many educators, were hearing over and over: ‘It’s natural,’ ‘It’s medicine,’ and ‘It’s legal, so it can’t be so bad,’” Grippa and Lotz recently wrote in an op-ed for the The Denver Post

Grippa and Lotz wanted to provide their students with accurate information about the effects of marijuana, especially on the developing teen brain. However, they wanted to use


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