D.C. launches marijuana education initiative

WASHINGTON — A new effort in the District seeks to educate residents about what is and isn’t legal when it comes to using marijuana.

After going into the community to find commonly held misconceptions about marijuana — both its effects and the laws in D.C. — a work group established by the Departments of Health and Behavioral Health launched the Blunt Truth DC initiative.

“We want to make it clear K2 is not the same thing as marijuana. K2 is illegal,” said Bruce Points, a local public health adviser.

Points helped launch the initiative intended to prevent underage use of marijuana in the city with a website offering information on slang for parents, videos and community resources.

“When it comes to underage marijuana use, I don’t think people realize the implications,” he said, stressing the effect the drug can have on behavioral development.

Another section of the website breaks down the laws, which differ for adults and juveniles.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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