If you're under 21, marijuana is still illegal and could affect your:

  • driver's license.  

Getting caught with marijuana means getting charged with an MIP (minor in possession). Driving impaired by marijuana or other drugs can lead to additional charges like DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) or DUI (Driving Under the Influence).  All of these charges can come with expensive fines, court hearings, community service and loss of your hard earned license. (Source: SpeakNowColorado.org) 

Good news? 88.7% of La Plata high school students don't drive high and... 

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  •  job. 

Many employers have drug-free policies and breaking those policies can get someone fired (even those 21+ and those with a medical marijuana card). What do you want you first job experience look like? How about your dream job? 

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  • high school and college

Research shows the more marijuana teens use, the harder learning becomes especially reading and math. (Source: National Institute of Drug Use 2015 )  Why make school even harder? 74.5% of La Plata high school s tudents report being motivated to do well in school. (Source: LPC Developmental Asset Survey 2015)

Marijuana charges could effect financial aid for college, even outside Colorado. Including: Perkins Loans, Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, PLUS Loans, and Work-Study Programs.  (Source: GoodToKnowColorado.org) 

  • sports and clubs. 

Breaking school policies can result in removal from sports teams and extracurricular activities, school suspensions, and expulsions. 

Seems like a lot to lose since 66.3% of La Plata high school students spend 3+ hours a week in sports, clubs and community organizations and another 21% of La Plata high school students spend 3+ hours a week in theater, music or other creative practice.  (Source: LPC Developmental Asset Survey 2015) 

  • health

While we are still learning a lot about the physical and mental consequences of underage marijuana use, we know that it have lasting effects on the brain which is still developing until the age of 25.  Contrary to popular belief marijuana is addictive. (Source: National Institute on Drug Use 2015) How? the brain changes and one in six teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis become dependent on it, as do one in ten regular adult users. (Source: Hall, King's College London, 20 year study 2014).

Like other addictive substances, it is harder to stop using marijuana if started at a young age.  Want to learn more about the current scientific research on the harms and benefits of marijuanaGood on ya!

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This campaign was designed by a group of La Plata County high school students during the summer of 2015. Thanks to the Good To Know Campaign for the accurate, factual info! 


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