SOMERVILLE, NJ – An expert panel will moderate a discussion on the impact of marijuana on the developing teenage brain, negative consequences and the science behind it at Somerville Middle School, 51 W. Cliff St., on March 23 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Topics will include law enforcement’s assessment of the local situation, consequences and recovery. Participating in the panel discussion will be Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Professional Addiction Counselor Paul Lavella Jr., Somerville High School Psychologist Danielle Zurawiecki and Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Program Coordinator Ricki Arvesen.

Today, there are 25 states, including New Jersey, that have legalized medical marijuana. Many teens now view it as a safe recreational drug, but what are the facts? What effect does marijuana have on the developing teenage brain?

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Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites parents, middle school and high school students to the panel discussion -  “The Blunt Truth: The Effects of Marijuana on the Teen Brain,” sponsored by the county Office of Youth Services and other agencies.

To register online, visit http://tinyurl.com/theblunttruthpanel. Walk-ins are welcome. Free drawings will be held for two Echo Dots, donated by Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and Somerset.

Other sponsors include the Somerville Public School District, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, EmPoWER Somerset, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and Somerset.

For more information, contact Cindy Britt, Somerset County Youth Services, at (908) 704-6352.