Dear Partner in Prevention:
Despite growing research that suggests the dangers of marijuana use, voters throughout the nation have approved ballot measures Tuesday that allow for the expansion of marijuana use. Studies have shown us more about marijuana in the past two decades than in the past two hundreds years, however, there is a significant disconnect between the scientific knowledge gained and the publics understanding of this schedule I drug. As we know from other substances, increased access and ability result in increased use among youth.
It is the role of prevention professionals like yourself to inform our elected officials, other leaders, and communities as a whole about the negative impact of expanded access to marijuana. Drug Free Action Alliance has developed several resources to assist your efforts.The Marijuana Advocacy and Policy Summit (MAPS) will provide opportunities to learn from other states and communities about their efforts to combat further legalization of this drug.
Drug Free Action Alliance's Resources Include:
411 on 420: Provides resource to prevention professionals to share with their communities
Marijuana Quiz: Debunks common myths regarding marijuana
Blunt Truth Newsletter: A compilation of news stories and research taken from national experts and respected organizations
Webinar: Marijuana Messaging and the Rocky Mountain HIDTA Report
MAPS2015: The Marijuana Advocacy & Policy Summit, which will be held March 31st-April 2nd in Columbus, Ohio. Additional information will be coming soon!
Together we can close the divide by combating this troubling trend and appropriately direct public opinion to coincide with the science that supports maintaining marijuana as an illegal substance.