HINESBURG, Vt. (WCAX) – Cannabis dispensaries are continuing to pop up on street corners across Vermont, with some areas like Chittenden County already hosting at least 10 stores.
What effect does that have on Vermont students? We visited schools having conversations about cannabis, and how they are navigating the new normal.
High school students are still being taught to say no to underage cannabis use, but the legal market has changed the landscape of educating students on legal weed.
“Acknowledging that marijuana laws have changed, it’s for sale, so we take a really nuanced view here, which is talking to them about the realities of situations, but also talking to them about where they’re at in their actual lives,” said Matt Meunier, student assistance programming counselor at CVU.
He says despite the various ways to consume, the frequency in which students are getting caught isn’t necessarily increasing. The cannabis conversations about habits are continuing, making clear that cannabis can impact the developing brain.
“Talking about decision making, what choices you want, and what life you want to live, helps take it away from just hey, this is all available to you now, to what type of member of my community do I want to be?