Children's book about pot intended to facilitate a discussion between parents, kids
The author-illustrator of "It's Just a Plant" claims that the children's book about marijuana is a way to facilitate a discussion parents and their kids about pot.
The story follows a little girl, Jackie, as she encounters different people in her life -- her parents, a local farmer, a doctor, and a police officer -- who share their experiences with marijuana.
"Marijuana can be hard to talk about. Many parents have tried it, millions still use it, and most feel awkward about disclosing such histories (many duck the question), for fear that telling kids the truth might encourage them to experiment too. Meanwhile, the "drug facts" children learn in school can be more frightening than educational, blaming pot for everything from teenage pregnancy to terrorism. A child's first awareness of drugs should come from a better source," reads a statement on the website JustAPlant.com.
Promoters of the book, created by Ricardo Cortés, say it is not intended to encourage marijuana use, but rather, it "explicitly addresses the potential harm of drug abuse."