Most anti-drug education aimed at kids is woefully bad, offering "just say no" messages with very few details about what, exactly, these evil drugs do. That's why I'm intrigued by this new picture book about marijuana called It's Just a Plant.
When I first saw it written up on Cool Hunting, I thought it was a joke, but actually, it's a pretty smart little book. Rather than treat pot like a dangerous drug to be avoided at all costs, the book presents pot more like alcohol — something that's not meant for kids but that they shouldn't be afraid of. Even if you don't agree, the book is worth a look, so read more
The It's Just a Plant web site, where you can purchase the book and read it online, makes some good points. According to the book's creators:
"Many parents have tried marijuana, some still use it. Neither feel great about disclosing such histories (many duck the question), for fear that telling their kids might encourage them to experiment on their own. ...
It's Just a Plant is a book for parents who want to educate their children about the complexities of pot in a thoughtful, fact-oriented manner."
What do you guys think?