Cannabis Conversations with Parents: How Having "the Talk" Differs Between Cannabis and Alcohol

The way parents talk to their kids about alcohol often differs from how they talk about cannabis. While children and teens whose brains are still developing shouldn't consume cannabis, some parents argue that it's nonetheless safer than consuming alcohol, which carries the risk of drunk driving or blacking out in dangerous situations. In the age of legalization, here's how parents are broaching the topic of bud versus booze. 


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