Ever hear anyone talk about “4/20?”  If so, they could be referring to “National Weed Day,” promoting all things cannabis related and often ‘observed’ by marijuana enthusiasts.  You might also hear reference to the everyday afternoon hour of 4:20pm as “code” for the most opportune time of day to partake in smoking or using marijuana and other cannabis products. Want to be “in the know” and learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of youth marijuana use?  This includes the facts and consequences of emerging marijuana trends such as “710” or “OIL” and the use of e-cigs and vapes. Interested in the legalization of recreational marijuana and what this could mean to our state, community, work force, businesses or schools? The Center for Prevention and Counseling is hosting a conference on May 3, 2017 at Perona Farms, Andover, NJ entitled Marijuana: Potency, Policy & Public Impact.

Renowned national speakers presenting at this May 3rd conference include Kevin Sabet, PhD and Frank L. Greenagel Jr., MPAP, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC, ACSW, CJC, CCS who both agree that, “from an economic perspective, “marijuana legalization is revenue negative.”  Looking at data emerging out of states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, there appears to be no benefits to youth or society, especially from young people using marijuana, except where some rare medical cases are concerned. Kevin Wong from Colorado’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area will bring data from the Denver area to share with Sussex County public health experts, parents, all community members and stakeholders. Bonnie Nolan, PhD, Neuroscience, Rutgers University will present on the impact of marijuana on the adolescent brain as evidenced through research, explaining the deleterious effects.

Attend this event sponsored by the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities with these four distinguished presenters chosen for their expertise in public health, science, research, business and government policy. The conference will be held from 8:30am until 3pm, is $60 and includes breakfast, lunch, exhibits from treatment providers as well as free resources. For more information or to register, contact Jenn at (973)383-4787 Ext. 256 or email Jenn@centerforprevention.org or go to www.centerforprevention.org or link to the conference registration page here http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Marijuana--Potency--Policy-and-Public-Impact-Conference.html?soid=1121139811175&aid=w2gDLM8SZ2A .