“Research shows that early-onset cannabis use heightens the risk for development of a psychosis like schizophrenia.”

– National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

IQ Points

Those who begin smoking marijuana in their youth see an average loss of 8 IQ points by age 38.

Emergency Visits

In 2008, marijuana was reported in over 374,000 emergency department visits in the U.S., with about 13% involving people between the ages of 12 and 17.

Develop Dependence

Scientific research shows that one in six adolescents, who use marijuana develop dependence or addiction.

Support Your Kids’ Interests So Marijuana Won't Be One of Them

Support Your Kids' Interests So Marijuana Won't Be One of Them is a community-based campaign that targets marijuana use among youth ages 11 to 15. The youth are directed to learn about the positive outcomes of remaining marijuana free. The campaign asks that children and adults pledge to help prevent marijuana use among the youth.

The Tempe Coalition encourages all youth to envision a future without marijuana!

Amount of teens that try marijuana before they graduate high school.
Of the 523,000 teens aged 12 to 14 who had used marijuana in the past year received the drug for free the last time they used.
Among youth receiving substance abuse treatment, marijuana accounts for the largest percentage of admissions among those 12-14.
Canon 5D

I know that using marijuana may prevent my ability in life to reach my full potential. With my future goals in mind, I pledge to:

  • Refuse to use marijuana or participate in my peers’ marijuana use.
  • Set a good example for my peers by reaching high in my own life, and encourage them to do the same.
  • Inform my peers about the harmful effects that marijuana can have on their future.
  • Mentor underage youth in my family and in the community to enrich their lives without the use of marijuana.

Please see the form below to sign the pledge. Also, please enter your email address for information on this and upcoming Tempe Coalition campaigns, volunteer opportunities and events.

Tempe Coalition Contact:

Hilary Cummings
Tempe Coalition Program Director


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In Partnership With:

Tempe Community Council

Funded By:

A Drug Free Communities Support Program grant.

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