Marijuana Infraction Response
We know that when a youth loses the protective factors of school or other activities, they become more vulnerable. This program can support trusted adults, schools and organizations to keep kids engaged but still have an effective and appropriate consequence. The Infraction Response program can be used as part of the restorative justice process or to reduce a suspension resulting from a marijuana infraction.
Marijuana Education Initiative Alternative to Suspension/Suspension Enhancement
Target Audience: Middle- and high-school-aged youth who have had a marijuana infraction based on school or agency policy
Administration: This curriculum begins with the youth taking an independent survey that provides insight into the youth’s marijuana use patterns and the impact marijuana is having in his or her life. This is followed by a 1- to 2-hour discussion of the survey results with an MEI-trained agency or school representative during which the facilitator asks the youth motivational interviewing questions.
At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Identify their habits around their marijuana use
- Identify the impact marijuana is having on their lives
- Assess their level of interest or intent to change their relationship with marijuana
- Re-enter the school or agency environment with a greater knowledge of how their marijuana infraction affects their ability to function in that environment
At the completion of this program, participates will know:
- Their feelings around marijuana use
- How marijuana is affecting all areas of their lives
- Statistics on marijuana use trends
Methods of implementation:
- Self-assessment survey on marijuana use
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Once marijuana infraction has occurred, and depending on school policy, the administration can offer the student the MEI Alternative to Suspension curriculum. If school or agency policy does not allow for an alternative to suspension option, this curriculum can be offered or required as a suspension enhancement prior to the youth’s reentry to school.
- Students can complete the independent web-delivered assessment at home or at school; it takes about 30 minutes to complete.
- Upon completing the assessment, the student receives a personal feedback report that illustrates his or her marijuana habits.
- The student sets up a time to meet with an MEI-trained, school-identified professional to review and discuss the personal feedback report. This professional asks several motivational-interview-based questions to encourage conversation with the student. This meeting takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on student engagement.
- The school professional assesses the integrity of the student’s survey responses to determine whether the student meets the requirements for reentry or suspension reduction.
- If, upon completion of the curriculum, the student wants support in reducing marijuana dependence or in quitting, the school professional can refer the student to an MEI intervention group.
- This curriculum is adapted from the University of Washington; School of Social Work Teen Marijuana Check-Up program.
Purchase grants one user, individual use of course materials for a period of one year from date of purchase to be used with multiple youth. This contract is extendable. Multi-year discounts available, contact us for details.