Preventing Teen Marijuana Use

Translate This Page

Quick Cannabis Facts:

  • Marijuana is the second most commonly abused drug by Tahoe-Truckee teens. (But it is now the number one drug for our 11th graders, currently exceeding alcohol) 
  • Marijuana can be harmful and has been shown to cause dependence in about 9% of users and 16% of adolescent users.
  • Chronic Marijuana use by teens interferes with learning, memory, attention, judgement and focus and has been linked to lower academic achievement and income.
  • Marijuana use affects coordination, balance, and distorts time which can impair driving leading to increased risk of accidents.
  • Marijuana smoke contains many of the same carcinogens (cancer causing substances) found in tobacco smoke and is linked to respiratory infections and chronic bronchitis.
  • While use and possession of marijuana for adults 21+ is legal in California, on school grounds it is still a Misdemeanor criminal offense- where possession can result in fines up to $500, 10 days of jail time, and court costs.
  • Selling marijuana to a minor is still a Felony offense in California.  Prison sentence up to 7 years are possible.
  • Manufacturing cannabis concentrates by chemical synthesis is still a Felony offense in Ca.  Prison sentence up to 7 years is possible.

What is Tahoe Truckee Doing to Prevent Teen Marijuana Use?

The science shows that marijuana use by teens can be harmful and use during adolescence greatly increases the risk of developing dependence on the drug. TT-FWDD has a committee specifically working on preventing teen's from begining to use.  We use presentations, videos, speakers and social marketing to build awareness about the harms of use   Athlete committed presentations in the schools teach students how marijuana impacts their athletic performance.  We have copies of the film "The Other Side of Cannabis" available to show to a group you work with.  It shares the stories of young people and adults with marijuana use disorder. Local teens are currently producing a DVD to show to their peers.  Please contact us if you would like more information on how to help.


Resources on Marijuana

Adult Use 21 and over, is now legal in California...what  you need to know:
CDPH-Legal_0901.pdf CDPH-Legal_0901.pdf
Size : 1186.022 Kb
Type : pdf
CDPH-Safe-Responsible_0901.pdf CDPH-Safe-Responsible_0901.pdf
Size : 655.655 Kb
Type : pdf
CDPH-Pregnant-0901.pdf CDPH-Pregnant-0901.pdf
Size : 391.214 Kb
Type : pdf
CDPH-Medicinal_0901.pdf CDPH-Medicinal_0901.pdf
Size : 514.543 Kb
Type : pdf
CDPH-Parents_Mentors_0901.pdf CDPH-Parents_Mentors_0901.pdf
Size : 603.003 Kb
Type : pdf
Cannabis Side Effects - Drug Interactions.pdf Cannabis Side Effects - Drug Interactions.pdf
Size : 576.465 Kb
Type : pdf
Cannabis and Driving.pdf Cannabis and Driving.pdf
Size : 882.1 Kb
Type : pdf

Harms and negative consequences of cannabis use

CDPH-YouthAndCannabis_0901.pdf CDPH-YouthAndCannabis_0901.pdf
Size : 525.491 Kb
Type : pdf
Marijuana Info-how it affects the brain.pdf Marijuana Info-how it affects the brain.pdf
Size : 519.805 Kb
Type : pdf
ONDCPMarijuanaFacts.pdf ONDCPMarijuanaFacts.pdf
Size : 405.854 Kb
Type : pdf
teen-marijuana-depression-report.pdf teen-marijuana-depression-report.pdf
Size : 507.647 Kb
Type : pdf
MedicalMarijuanFactSheet.pdf MedicalMarijuanFactSheet.pdf
Size : 1074.527 Kb
Type : pdf
marijuana power point presentation slides.pdf marijuana power point presentation slides.pdf
Size : 1901.316 Kb
Type : pdf

 If you are wondering if your marijuana use has become a problem, please visit

Spanish Marijuana Resources

Spanish Marihuana Info.pdf Spanish Marihuana Info.pdf
Size : 477.748 Kb
Type : pdf

Resources on Synthetic Drugs: Spice, K2, Bath Salts:

synthetic_marijuana.pdf synthetic_marijuana.pdf
Size : 345.191 Kb
Type : pdf
salvia_0.pdf salvia_0.pdf
Size : 396.844 Kb
Type : pdf
K2_Spice.pdf K2_Spice.pdf
Size : 280.457 Kb
Type : pdf
Bath_Salts.pdf Bath_Salts.pdf
Size : 257.971 Kb
Type : pdf

Spanish Resources on Synthetic Drugs:

spice-sp.pdf spice-sp.pdf
Size : 238.039 Kb
Type : pdf
salvia_infofact_spanish_final.pdf salvia_infofact_spanish_final.pdf
Size : 230.617 Kb
Type : pdf