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Meeting over marijuana with parents in South Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- Some parents and organizers are trying to make sure pot stays out of the wrong hands after Portland passed an ordinance legalizing marijuana.

"Early and often" is one of the messages the Opportunity Alliance gave parents Wednesday night. It's an event called Parenting in the Age of Legalization.

Organizers say studies show about 40 percent of teens think marijuana isn't harmful, which means they're more likely to use and abuse it. They want to teach parents the negative affects marijuana can have on teens, so they can talk to their kids about staying drug-free.

"It definitely can impact their brain and brain development and they're just not at a place where they can make good decisions, especially when they're under the influence," said Liz Blackwell-Moore, a substance abuse prevention specialist.

The Opportunity Alliance says the other key to preventing kids from using and abusing marijuana is for parents to have each other's backs, share information, and support each other.