Twenty-nine million Americans, many of them parents, smoke marijuana at least once a year. Far more have used it in their youth. In each and every one of my drug education workshops with parents of teenagers, I get the following question: "What should I tell my kids about my own (past or present) marijuana use?"
Most of the "I did it but it was a big mistake" advice given to them by our government fails to resonate with responsible parents who want to be truthful with their kids.
Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an in-depth story on Sunday that delves into this issue and describes my "Safety First" approach. Safety First is reality-based drug prevention education for parents who want to foster open and honest communication and keep their teenagers safe.