I know this isn't what you want to hear, but I smoke cannabis daily, I've got a degree, I hold down a full time job, pay my taxes and bills and many people do too. They treat it just like the majority of people treat alcohol. But it completely depends on the person and their attitude, to it and to life in general.
Either way though 15 is too young and of course it is very true that it is a 'gateway' drug. I think your best first step is to ask and listen to why he has tried it. Is it to escape something? Or everything? Or was it pure curiosity. Did he actively look to get some? Or was it just an opportunity or even peer pressure?
From there you can gauge his tendency to future experimentation and hopefully combat that the best way you can.
But ultimately, once an adult, it's his decision, you can and should prepare him the best you can, but out right fear-mongering isn't always the best tactic. Don't advocate it obviously, but showing understanding is better than being controlling.
· 4 months ago