University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Nov. 15 webinar will focus on marijuana prevention science and strategies

The UND Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Committee is hosting a Marijuana Science and Strategies for Community Coalitions Webinar Thursday, Nov. 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Room 5520.  The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is the national webinar sponsor.  We hope you can join us and please help spread the word to others.

Presenters: Susan Weiss, acting director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications at the National Institute on Drug Abuse; Kevin Sabet, director of the Institute on Drug Policy at the University of Florida, assistant professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; Sue Thau, CADCA public policy consultant.

Rhonda Ramsey Molina, deputy director of Dissemination and Coalition Relations for the CADCA Institute, will moderate.

With marijuana use rates on the rise and attitudes toward the drug softening, the latest information and research on marijuana-related trends remains a key tool for anti-drug community coalitions.

This webinar will discuss new research recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and other studies that have shown a link between prolonged marijuana use and cognitive or neural impairment. These studies show persistent marijuana use can reduce the IQ scores of users by as much as 8 points putting them in the bottom third of the intelligence range.

The presentation will also clearly define the differences between medical marijuana, decriminalization and legalization and describe their impact on communities. Participants will also learn why community coalitions should care about marijuana use and engage their communities to address the marijuana issue, particularly around formulating messages and developing other effective strategies.

--- Becky Lamboley and Jane Croeker, UND AOD Committee co-chairs