Many people struggle with telling conservative family members or friends about their cannabis use. Some hide for years, fretting over being caught or thinking through how to break the news to loved ones.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, here's a great long read for the weekend. Last Monday, Joe Garafoli of the San Fransisco Chronicle published a feature about a group called Asian Americans for Cannabis Education, which helps adult children educate their parents about cannabis and why young people are choosing to use it.
California Controller Betty Yee says Chinese American parents are law-abiding people, and they're afraid that if their kids use cannabis it could have a negative effect on their futures.
"I know for a lot of parents the mind-set is what a lot of parents had back at the start of the drug revolution — that marijuana is a gateway drug," Yee told the Chronicle. "There's a lot of pressure, on Chinese American youth in particular, to excel."
Though this piece addresses specific challenges for young Asian Americans and their families, these are issues that resonate with people across North America, young and old.