If intelligent world leaders say that the recent voter-approved marijuana initiatives in Washington and Colorado hampers the war against drugs, what could our kids be thinking?

Simple 3-minute test can detect teen marijuana use, and saliva tests do not work.

Since the two states’ voters approved the laws last week, many countries have spoken out.

Among the most critical are leaders in Latin America. Many of these world leaders have been in a unified fight against drugs, despite the fact that people in their countries are the main producers of these narcotics.

A lot of our marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, is imported through Mexico, either from that country, or countries like Colombia and Ecuador.

Now Mexican President Felipe Calderon is telling America “practice what you preach.”

He is joined by other leaders from Belize, Honduras, and Costa Rica in asking the United Nations’ General Assembly to hold a special session on drugs by 2015.

We will leave the world leaders to debate the issue, but the real concern day to day and from community to community is what do we tell our kids.

Already the Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett is dropping cases against people with marijuana violations after the passage of Amendment 64

Already on Twitter kids are asking about how the laws in Colorado and Washington affect them.

There are thousands of these posts. And while the substances may be legal in those states, parents need to remind their teens that marijuana is still damaging to the developing brain of a teenager.

Studies have shown the harmful effects of teen marijuana use.

Has it killed anyone? No.

However, it can have long-term negative impact on the brain.

And even though marijuana is only legal for people older than 21, we see in every state how easy it is for kids to gain access to to alcohol.

Parents need to be vigilant and have frequent conversations with kids.

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