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You have a lot more influence on a kid you care about than you might think. The more you know about marijuana, the more you can help them turn a corner instead of turning to weed.

Marijuana isn’t always legal.

In the state of New Mexico, a person must be 21 years old or older to consume, possess or purchase recreational marijuana. A person must be 18 years or older to legally obtain a medical marijuana license and must have a prescription from a doctor or medical practitioner. It is a felony to sell or give cannabis products to an underage person, and doing so can result in serious criminal consequences.

Learn more about consumer cannabis laws

A prescription doesn’t mean it’s safe.

There is no evidence that cannabis prescribed by a doctor is any safer than other marijuana. Most states where medical marijuana is legal do not regulate it, which means it isn’t checked for ingredients, purity, strength or safety.

Medical marijuana has only been approved by the FDA to treat a few medical issues, including nausea from chemotherapy and nerve pain. However, the FDA has not approved the use of medical marijuana for teenagers or children for any medical condition.

Keep it out of your kid’s hands.

Marijuana is much more accessible now that it’s legal for adults 21 and older to use recreationally. By safely storing your own cannabis, you can make sure young people can’t get to it. Make sure it is out of reach and locked up. Children and pets accidentally consuming edibles can result in severe intoxication or the need for emergency medical attention.

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