WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Let's Talk About Weed, Baby Gruber advises adolescents that before age 25, the brain is "under con- struction," and she counsels kids who are curious about cannabis to wait until at least that age before trying it. "In our community outreach, we say, 'Don't tell your kids never,' because messages of abstinence don't work." Gruber notes. "Instead of that, we say, 'Just not yet. It's worth the wait. Give your brain a chance to get to a point where it's less likely to be negatively impacted.'" Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, a clinical psychologist in Denver, Colorado, agrees. Since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, Ziegler has become an expert on the subject by necessity, and has been regularly interviewed by local and national media outlets including the TODAY show and NPR. Ziegler says: "I tell kids: 'You may want to experience how it feels, but wait until you are 25 years old.' I state it factually. I don't have any judg- ment surrounding it." "Kids actually really care about the statistics surrounding how it could lower your IQ and how this effect may be irreversible," Ziegler says. She's also found that kids care about the other risks, too. "I tell them that mari- juana can become addictive. The PR suggests that it's not addictive, but it is. The other thing I've found they care about is that if they have M E D I A B A K E R Y "Getting to the root of why kids are using is really important." 94 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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