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Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More than half of U.S. states now permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes; seven states and the District of Columbia permit the use of marijuana for recreational purposes and several more are considering similar proposals. But that does not mean faith groups are powerless in protecting their flocks from marijuana use. Some new studies are showing religion may help prevent or limit marijuana abuse, and may be particularly effective for minors who may be increasingly vulnerable as legal marijuana becomes more easily accessible. The latest edition of Ahead of the Trend explores these studies, and some practical implications for those serving youth. {Read the ARDA Ahead of the Trend article].

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