Included in Publishers Weekly's Spring 2020 Children's Sneak Previews "Ricardo CortEs, an author and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York, is a pioneer in the genre [of children's books on cannabis]...He was active in drug policy reform advocacy and wanted a tool to help people look at pot from a new perspective." -Merry Jane "A delightful book...a glimpse of what enlightened drug education could be." -Andrew Weil, MD "Funny...offbeat...a riot, with a series of characters explaining the glory of cannabis to a young girl and her mother." -New York Post "It's Just a Plant provides parents of young children with a realistic tool that enables them, through reading together, to open early discussions about marijuana...What a refreshing alternative to the outdated options that dominate today's programs and messages!" -Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD, founder of the Safety First drug education project It's Just a Plant follows the journey of a young girl as she learns about the marijuana plant from a diverse cast of characters including her parents, a local farmer, a doctor, and a police officer. Marijuana can be hard to talk about. Many parents have tried it, millions use it, and most feel awkward about disclosing such histories (often ducking 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. It's Just a Plant is a book for parents who want to discuss the complexities of pot in a thoughtful, fact-oriented manner. The book also features an afterword by Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD, founder of the Safety First Project for drug education and director emerita of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs.
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