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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Wellesley residents Jeff and Connie Walsh, who have three daugh- ters ages 9, 15, and 17, feel they've had good communication with their older kids about marijuana, and don't necessarily think the new laws will change their approach. Jeff notes, "We talked openly about this with our kids even before it became legal. But this has provided us with another opportunity to speak with them about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, including marijuana." The Walshes were bus chaperones for the 2017 Wellesley Cotillion, attended by 800 Wellesley juniors and seniors, and they were impressed by the way the Cotillion managed things. All bus chaperones were educated by the Wellesley High School administration on means of marijuana ingestion, as well as on suspi- cious behaviors, which could indicate that a student is using drugs. Other Wellesley/Weston parents note that the new law has had some effect on the way they talk to their kids. One Wellesley mother of three teenagers says, "I'm not sure it changes how I talk to them about it, but more when I talk to them about it. It definitely has moved the timeline up on the discussion and the frequency of our conversations. If there is an article or story on the news, I try to use that as a launching pad to discuss the topic." She notes that her family's conversations about this "have been largely factual and consists mostly of us spilling data on the long-term effects and harm marijuana has on the brain, particularly when it is started at a young age. I'm also trying to impress upon my kids that their friends don't always have the correct information when it comes to marijuana and its use. They think their friends know more than we do on so many things and I want them to know that if they have a question, fear, concern, anything, they should be coming to us. Will that happen? I don't know, but I hope so." A Weston parent of three children ranging from early to late teens, agrees that legalization has shifted her approach to how she talks to her kids. "The alcohol awareness stuff is very helpful (in informing the 98 Cannabis and Our Kids 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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