10/31/2014 09:50 am ET

How To Have The 'Pot Talk' With Your Kids

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Ever since smoking pot became ubiquitous among American teenagers in the 1960s, parents have struggled with how to talk to their children about it and how to protect them from its negative effects.

Now, in an era of broader acceptance — two states (Washington and Colorado) have legalized recreational use of marijuana for ages 21 and up and 23 states have approved its medical use, all while marijuana remains illegal under federal law — teenagers are clearly getting conflicting, widely disparate messages.

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