If you get caught with marijuana, you could get charged with a MIP (minor in possession). MIP charges can involve fines, public service hours, misdemeanor or felony charges, and losing your driver’s license. Not to mention getting suspended at school or grounded at home, or chances of renting an apartment later in life.
Getting caught with marijuana could mean losing the trust and respect of your parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, and parents of friends. Why risk ties with your people or maybe even lose out on a great letter of recommendation or job reference? Even if you don’t get caught, marijuana can hurt your relationships by making you pull away from friends, family, or SO.
Marijuana and independence don’t mix. Using marijuana can get you fired from your job, or prevent you from getting hired in the first place. Think a marijuana charge looks good on a job application? Think again. Don’t lose out on your chance to make that money.
Financial aid can help you pay for college and achieve your goals. For a lot of students, financial aid is needed to afford to go to college at all. But if you have a marijuana conviction, you’re not getting that financial aid. Literally not worth it.
Breaking school rules can get you kicked off sports teams and out of extracurricular clubs. Even if you don’t get caught, marijuana affects coordination, movement, and reaction times. It’s going to be a lot harder to make the team, much less excel on the field, court or stage if marijuana is in the mix.
More and more, finishing school is the ticket to getting a good job so you can build the life you want. This means graduating from high school or getting a GED. Going on to college or trade school creates even more opportunities. But using marijuana can make learning harder, and can get you suspended or expelled if you get caught—putting what you want to do and who you want to be at risk.
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