WHAT:           Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is holding its 26th Annual National Leadership Forum to convene thousands of community substance abuse prevention leaders and global experts to discuss solutions to the most pressing public health issues threatening communities. The event kicks off with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Prevention Day.

Please join the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning project team at Abt Associates for a webinar on “Talking to Youth about Marijuana: Know the Facts,” featuring Sion Harris, PhD, CPH, on Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. EST.

Dr. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Co-Director, with Dr. John Rogers Knight, Jr., of the Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research.

The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area this week released its report on current marijuana use in Colorado showing the state is now No. 1 in the nation for past month marijuana use, up from No. 4 in 2011-2012.

Washington, D.C. –The results from the 2015 Monitoring the Future study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and conducted by a research team at the University of Michigan, on substance use and related attitudes by American teenagers show that prevention works.

Ohio voters on Election Day rejected a measure that would have made it the first U.S. Midwestern state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The percentage of Americans who reported using marijuana in the past year more than doubled between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, and the increase in marijuana use disorder during that time was nearly as large. Past year marijuana use rose from 4.1 percent to 9.5 percent of the U.S. adult population, while the prevalence of marijuana use disorder rose from 1.5 percent to 2.9 percent, according to national surveys conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

The University of Michigan this week released some data highlighting drug use by American college students in 2014.

Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey data shows that daily marijuana use by college students increased from 3.5 percent in 2007 to 5.9 percent in 2014 and surpassed daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014.

People who live in areas of California with a higher density of marijuana dispensaries experience a greater number of hospitalizations involving marijuana abuse and dependence, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis discovered.

Teenagers who see advertisements for medical marijuana are more likely to try the drug in the future, according to new research.

The study is the first to explore a link between marijuana advertising and youth behavior. Advertising for medical marijuana services has appeared on billboards, online, in newspapers and on television. Many medical marijuana dispensaries also have visible storefronts.

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute will offer a host of courses to help your community deal with marijuana use. CADCA’s long-time Public Policy Consultant, Sue Thau, will be teaching a course called “The Naked Truth about Marijuana from 1:30-5 p.m. Aug. 3. Thau will be joined by trainer Thomas J. Gorman, Director, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).