The NFA Daily Spotlight: Don’t Give Marijuana Access To Nebraska’s Children

Former State Senator John Kuehn of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Nebraska joins the NFA Daily Spotlight this week to discuss the harms of teenage marijuana usage. Across the country, the marijuana industry has been seeking to remove bans and restrictions on the harmful drug. Last week, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Constitutional Amendment LR2CA, a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Nebraska. Although other states that have legalized recreational marijuana prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing the substance in distilleries, decriminalized cannabis storefront sales create access, which significantly increases marijuana usage rates among young people.

Big marijuana companies specifically target minors with social media advertisements and attractive, familiar product packaging. Nationwide, almost one in every 20 youths vape marijuana daily. The highly potent THC in marijuana has long-term, permanent impacts on adolescents’ memory and decision-making abilities and cause increased anxiety, cognitive and learning impairments, and low academic performance.

 

Karen Bowling

Karen Bowling

Executive Director
When Karen isn't fulfilling her duties as the Executive Director of NFA, leading a women's Bible study, or coordinating a prayer meeting, she's usually with her four grand children that keep her busy, laughing, and young at heart.