Cannabis and Adolescent Brain to Be Focus of Discussion

WOODBURY — ASAP, Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention, will present The Conversation: Cannabis, a discussion on cannabis and the adolescent brain, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, in the auditorium at Nonnewaug High School on Minortown Road. Certified Prevention Specialist Scott Gagnon will discuss how to approach marijuana misuse prevention in the era of recreational legalization.

He will touch on such topics as the impact of marijuana use on community and youth, impairment and addiction, marijuana’s impact on health and social costs.

According to ASAP, while myriad studies have examined cannabis use in all its various forms, often these research conclusions are not appropriately communicated to the general public, policymakers, health care providers, state health officials, or other stakeholders who have been charged with influencing and enacting policies, procedures and laws related to cannabis use.

Misconceptions abound, including but not limited to youth perceptions about “decriminalized” and “medical marijuana” equating to “legal.”

Mr. Gagnon holds a master’s degree in public policy. He is the director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine and the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, serves on the SAMHSA CSAP National Advisory Council and chairs Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Maine, and is a marijuana science trainer with NEPTTC.

Free tickets are available at “The Conversation: Cannabis.”

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