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Colorado School Safety Resource Center Marijuana Materials

Marijuana: What Parents Need to Know, December 2014

Preventing Youth Marijuana Use in Colorado: Information for Schools, October 2014

Other Marijuana Materials

Colorado Department of Education Marijuana Use Prevention Resource Bank

  • This resource bank provides public schools in Colorado the tools necessary to help address marijuana in the age of legal recreational use for adults.

Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement

  • The Colorado Department of Education has collected K-12 public school drug, alcohol, and tobacco incidents since the 2000-2001 school  year.  A ten-year trend can be viewed at: Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs Colorado School Trends.
  • Provides resources that may be helpful to educate school staff, students, parents, and the broader public about the dangers of substance abuse.  Information includes how using drugs may impede learning and undermine student achievement.
  • Read about the sudden 10-year high of 5,048 discipline issues in the 2009-10 school year as the upward trend continued in 2010-11 with 5,519 referrals.  
  • Understand the Big Deal: How Marijuana Harms Youth

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

  • This website was created in 2014 and is managed and administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on behalf of the Office of the Governor and in partnership with a broad team of Colorado State agencies and partners.
  • was created to provide statewide current information for the general public about the laws, data and health effects of marijuana. The information available here will continually expand to feature a Spanish language version of the site, newly released data and public awareness campaigns to inform Coloradans.
  • Information for Parents including effects on youth, safe storage & accessibility, and how to talk to youth about marijuana

Colorado PTA


  • Offers information about child mental health — particularly as it relates to substance use, abuse and addiction, including evidence-based medicine that has practical, real-world applications.

DInstutute of Behavioral Science

Monitoring the Future

  • National survey on drug use from 1975-2011 for secondary school students. Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation.
  • Monitoring the Future, 2012
  • Monitoring the Future, 2011
  • Monitoring the Future, 2010

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Office of National Drug Control Policy

  • Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of young people. While many challenges remain, overall drug use in the United States has dropped substantially over the past thirty years.

A Parent's Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use | en Español

  • Published by the Seattle Children's Foundation in 2014
  • This guide was created in Washington and contains information about Washington resources and laws, however the advice is applicable in Colorado.
  • The guide contains information about effects of marijuana on adolescent physical and behavioral health, tips for parents to talk to their children about not using marijuana even if they have used it, and signs that a teen may be using marijuana.

Persistant Cannabis Users Show Neuropsychological Decline from Childhood to Midlife

  • Website launched January 2017. offers resources on the topic of adolescent marijuana use. Offering prevention materials in the form of guides, lesson plans and videos. 

Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA)

  •  Colorado Youth Marijuana Use: Up – Down – Flat? Examine the Data and You Decide! . DENVER – On June 21, 2016, The Denver Post published an article “Survey: Pot use among Colorado teens flat,” based on the recently-released 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS)  released Rocky Mountain HIDTA has been inundated with inquiries regarding this article and, therefore, prepared a press release for clarification and consideration by the reader.

Statistics on Youth Drug Use

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR)

Yale Study: Marijuana May Really Be Gateway Drug

  • Article published 8/22/12 in the Hartford Courant.
  • The study finds that marijuana use was associated with an increased likelihood of prescription drug abuse in 18-25 year old men and women.
  • Abstract of the study is available online from the Journal of Adolescent Health


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