Marijuana Prevention

The use of medical marijuana is now legal in Maine. 

Marijuana is becoming normalized
de-stigmatized, and totally rebranded. But that doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Do you know the risks of using marijuana?

  • The amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed are 3 to 5 times greater than from tobacco smoke.

  • Marijuana contains more cancer causing chemicals than tobacco.

  • Marijuana today is three times more potent than it was 30 years ago.  Marijuana Facebook PSA - Then and Now - JPEG Version

  • Marijuana use impairs good judgment, coordination, motivation, reaction time, and memory.

  • Marijuana can also be laced with other dangerous drugs – crack cocaine,  embalming fluid, etc.

  • Marijuana use, and its impairment of motor coordination and reaction time, doubles the risk of car crashes.


  • ecigarettesThe increasing availability of marijuana edibles and e-cigarettes (which can also be used to vaporize marijuana), pose additional threats to young children and teens.



Marijuana Use is Particularly Risky for Children and Teens

  • 50% of students said that smoking marijuana regularly was ‘not risky’ or only ‘slightly risky’ to a person’s health (physically and in other ways).

  • Marijuana edibles, which often come in attractive packaging similar to well known candy and baked goods, are primarily responsible for tripling the number of calls to Poison Control Centers for children under the age of 9.

  • According to the 2012 Monitoring the Future Study, three times as many high school seniors reported driving after smoking marijuana than drinking alcohol (9% to 3%).

  • Research has established that marijuana is addictive and that it is three times more likely to lead to dependence among adolescents than adults. About 1 in 6 teens who start using marijuana will develop an addiction.

  • Studies indicate that heavy Marijuana use during adolescence is associated with attention, learning, memory, and processing speed problems, and has been linked to lower performance in school and reduced job prospects.

In 2013, 22% of Washington County High School Students had ridden in a car at least once in the past 30 days with a driver who was under the influence of illegal drugs, such as marijuana.*

25% of Washington County youth tried marijuana for the first time before they were 13 years old.*

57% of youth said that it would be ‘sort of easy’ or ‘very easy’ to get marijuana.*

* 2013 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS)

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