WESTMINSTER, Calif. — After Yarly Raygoza attended the drug prevention program at the Boys & Girls Club here last year, she used what she learned to talk a few friends out of using marijuana.
The 14-year-old took the class again this year but worries that counseling her friends will become more difficult.
Recreational marijuana is now legal in California, which could bring a massive boom in drug sales and advertising when stores can begin selling the drug to adults without a prescription in January.
Raygoza believes that as more people 21 and older use marijuana legally, teenagers will have trouble understanding that they shouldn’t use it. Teens may also have easier access to the drug as recreational pot shops start to open, she said.
Raygoza already sees many places selling medical marijuana.
“Now that there are so many shops … kids have a better chance of getting their hands on it,” she said. “And having a discussion with them like this could be a little harder.”
Make no mistake: Marijuana is still illegal for youths.
Last November, voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, making California one of eight states — plus the District of Columbia — to legalize the drug for recreational use. The measure immediately made it legal for those 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce, or about 28.5 grams, of cannabis. It delayed legal pot sales from licensed stores until January 2018. [Read more at The Denver Post]