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There is a joyous feeling in Seattle regarding the new marijuana legalization which took effect today, Friday December 7th at the stroke of midnight.

But it’s not just the blazers that are enjoying their new found smoking freedom.

On the city’s police website, spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee wrote: “The department’s going to give you a generous grace period to help you adjust to this brave, new, and maybe kinda stoned world we live in.”

Spangenthal-Lee then wrote, “The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.”

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The final message pictures Jeff Bridges as his famous Big Lebowski character “the due” with the message “The dude abides and he says take it inside.”

While you want to applaud Seattle PD for their approach to the situation over marijuana, you always wonder if this send the right message to teens.

After all, you don’t see drinking and driving reminders with Lindsay Lohan holding a magnum of champagne saying “I like my bubbly, but when it comes to driving, I won’t be getting into troubly.”

Of course that phrase is stupid, but the point is, using celebrated drug and alcohol heroes to make a serious point and to introduce a new law, is troubling.

What’s next? Jeff Spicoli reminding you that smoking in your van is illegal? Snoop Dogg telling smokers that you can’t go wrong being at home with a bong?

Kids who are curious about marijuana or other drugs, get some of their inspiration and motivation to use from these iconic figures in pop culture.

We will see how the new law affects the rate of teen marijuana use. But it will be a good while before we ever see any stats on that.

Melissa Gilbert‘s celebrity power may not reach teens.   After all, it’s been a long time since she was a teen star, and she’s no longer the Olsen Twins, Lindsay Lohan, or Demi Lovato of her day.    But that’s OK.    Gilbert, the new spokesperson for The partnership at drugfree.org, isn’t trying to share her message of sobriety with teens.    She’s reaching out to people her own age.

AOL contributor David Moye profiled Gilbert and her new mission; educating parents on teen drug use.   You can see all of David’s article on AOL, right here. Gilbert opens up with her family’s struggles.   She talks about one of her teen’s severe battle with drug use.    This is the type of role model parents need today.    Parents think they can recognize the sign of a teen’s drug use, but they can’t until it’s too late.

Gilbert’s best and most poignant quote to Moye, “”So, I just came to this epiphany that I had this kid who was addicted to cocaine and none of us had a clue, and if we were clueless, imagine how many other parents are clueless.”   Gilbert’s position as the spokesperson for The Partnership is a welcome sign to addiction counselors and treatment specialists.

Tim Chapman, founder of the Chapman House rehab more than 30 years ago, says this is the positive role model parents need.   “Sometimes parents have to stop and say, “gee, if this could happen to Melissa Gilbert’s children, this could happen to my kids.””   Chapman applauds Gilbert’s active role in educating parents.   “Schools are educating kids.  We (counselors) are educating kids.   Sadly, parents are not educating their kids.   Adults sometimes believe that it’s a given that kids just know that drugs are bad.   If it takes a celebrity to preach what I’ve been preaching for thirty years, I am all for it.   My stance has always been that if you educating parents, you keep the family drug free.”

Chapman recommends that parents utilize Teensavers home drug tests to help keep their kids in check.   “I’ve heard all of the possible arguments from both parents and teens why the drug tests shouldn’t be in the home,” says Chapman.   “I tell every single one of them that there is no stronger argument for them, than a funeral for a child.”

Chapman’s words ring true from thousands of families who have lost a child to drug use.    Testing for drugs isn’t invasive or breaking a family bond.   Home drug testing can bring a family closer together.