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Teens and legal cannabis – what to expect, how to plan

On Thursday, 1/13 at pm Healthy Lamoille Valley is hosting an online event: Teens and Cannabis: a look into the data on the impacts of legal retail markets on youth.  With retail cannabis coming to our region it’s important that we help youth, parents, and the broader community to understand the impacts of marijuana on our student populations.  When we understand the impacts we can take steps to intervene and reduce the risks for our children and youth. 

Our presenter, John Searles, is an expert in understanding and sharing the data. Some of you may remember that John joined us for an Upstream Lamoille meeting several years ago.

Dr. Searles was the Substance Abuse Research and Policy Analyst and Chair of the State Epidemiological Workgroup for the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs in the Vermont Department of Health. He retired in 2019. He is currently an appointed member of the legislatively mandated Substance Misuse Prevention Advisory Council and serves on the council’s Equity, Prevention, and Policy subcommittees.

For more information go to healthylamoillevalleyorg.

8 replies »

  1. “When we understand the impacts we can take steps to intervene and reduce the risks for our children and youth”…Shouldn’t that have come before the legalization….Oh silly me, practical thinking not welcome on the matter…Attention…Horses have already left the barn.

  2. People are too soft with teens. Marijuana posession is illegal for them and they should face severe consequences to teach them respect for the law and for police.

    Marijuana legalization and promotion also has horrible reprecussions for the mentally ill. It should be reconsidered.

  3. Tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, all require becoming experienced in socially accepted behavior. Am not concerned about our children and marijuana as the benefits are substantial.
    I look at the guy doing this interview and wonder how todsy any adult can be so obese, yet he is concerned about poor choices.

  4. What to expect? Using it as the gateway drug it is before transitioning to better highs, causing traffic accidents & likely fatalities, and finding it much easier to access via older friends now who will purchase retail.

    Just like alcohol. Has lots of health problems just as with alcohol too.

    Nest question. You’re welcome!

    • Genesis 9:3, NIV: “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.”

      • God was speaking here about food for sustenance, and health, not for promoting debauchery, which, I believe, these laws tend to do.

      • Shhhh, only Rebecca knows exactly what God meant with those words. But she is helpful enough to tell you what he told her and nobody else. And of course it is fact. She doesn’t say ‘maybe’, or ‘I believe’, or anything weaselly or liberal, she comes right out and tells you what God said to her. Good of her really….

  5. Probably the biggest impediment to underage consumption of retail cannabis will be the high cost due to the added taxes. The underground market is much cheaper and there are no “age restrictions” so that will likely remain firmly in place. There is already herb-a-plenty all over Vermont so I dont anticipate a lot will change as far as youth consumption. The idiot Legislature already passed fairly liberal legal growing provisions, long before getting around to getting serious setting up a legal retail market. Many folks have since invested money in equipment and time in learning how to produce their own high quality product. The demoprogs have been salivating over the anticipated revenues and I sincerely hope that falls flat on it’s face.

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