Marijuana: The Dangerous Truth and How to Message It (SAMHSA)

Tuesday, July 16th
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Grapevine A

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, with 16.8 million Americans reporting use within the past month and 5.3 million Americans endorsing past year daily or almost daily use. The legalization of marijuana in many states has created a false perception of marijuana being safe and/or medicinal, when in reality marijuana use is associated with numerous negative consequences, including psychosis and negative cognitive impacts that appear to persist even after marijuana use has ended. Prevention of marijuana use is critical to help reverse concerning national trends and related negative impact, as is working to correct harmful misinformation and connecting people using marijuana with quality, evidence-based care.

At the end of the training session, the participants will be able to: 

1. Identify national trends related to marijuana use, state legalization of marijuana, and perils of “medical marijuana” terminology
2. Clarify evidence associated with negative impact from marijuana on Americans
3. Examine dangers associated with marijuana use and opportunities for prevention work to educate the public on the dangers
4. Learn prevention efforts within Washington State to address challenges associated with marijuana

All presentations that have been made available to CADCA have been posted at this time.

Sessions without presentations were not made available to CADCA to share.

As a reminder, the password to access the presentations has emailed to participants and is also available on your Program Cover.

18th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute


Nelia Nadal, MPH
Public Health Analyst

Justine Larson, MD, MPH, MHS
Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Chief Medical Officer

Kevin M. Gray, MD
NIDA grantee Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina

Michael E. Schatman, PhD
Department of Public Health & Community Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine

Leanne Reid
Regional Prevention Project Coordinator Teaching and Learning, Prevent Coalition, Educational Service District 112
SAMHSA Drug Free Communities grantee

Danika Troupe, CHES
Program Coordinator, Community Health Outreach Programs United General District 304, Building Healthier Communities
SAMHSA Drug Free Communities grantee