Thirty-three of the agency's young clients are required to come before District Court Judge Denise Hartsfield every other week as part of their treatment.
said that the 33 in her
court, almost all boys, are marijuana users.
Though not addicted, she
said they have a hard time staying off the drug.
believes today's teens have a different perception of marijuana than previous generations.
"This generation believes that marijuana is not illegal for whatever reason; it's generational," she
"They come from neighborhoods and homes where marijuana is an everyday thing."
said many times the teens see their parents and siblings use it or they see others use it on social media.
added because musicians like Lil' Wayne, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) and T.I. sing about it, smoking weed is a sort of status symbol to young people.
said marijuana can be very serious business that can lead to a possession, minor distribution (if the drug is given to friends) and/or drug paraphernalia charges.
TAGS>addicted, charges, Colorado, community service, Director Mina Cook, distribution, District Court Judge Denise Hartsfield, Dr. Dam Gray, drug court program, drugs, featured, Forsyth County, Forsyth County Reclaiming Futures, grant, high school students, homes, juvenile, Juvenile Drug Treatment, juvenile justice system, kids' brain, marijuana, Mark Kinney, mental health, mentor, neighborhoods, paper, paraphernalia, parents, possession, pot, psychologist, Recovery Month, science, September, siblings, smoking weed, social media, substance abuse, support programs, Todd Luck, treatment, Washington, Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, youth, Youth Risk Behavior Survey