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Vermont Department of Health

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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Cannabis Use: 

Impact and Implications for Youth

 

 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Cannabis Use:  Impact and Implications for Youth conference that was to take place on April 14th at Lake Morey Resort. Our top priority is the well-being of our presenters, partners, and event attendees. We have been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19, and after much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel this conference with the intention of rescheduling for a future date.  

 

Please continue to follow COVID-19 guidance as emphasized by your local, state and national health care providers.

 

Registration and Breakfast 8:00 - 8:30 am

Conference begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm

 

Lunch will be provided

 

The conference aims to bring Vermonters together to understand the effect cannabis legislation and normalization have on youth and young adults by providing tools, networking opportunities, and lessons learned from other states.

 

Conference Objectives:

 

1. Provide cannabis information and resources from diverse sources to Vermonters 

 

2. Inspire action to address common issues with effective information and tools

 

3. Connect Vermonters from around the state to coordinate youth prevention opportunities and supports

 


 

MORNING PRESENTATIONS

 

 

Jessica Neuwirth, Consultant and former Retail Marijuana Education & Youth Prevention Coordinator, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment 

 

Ms. Neuwirth will share lessons learned from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's media development for retail cannabis. Her presentation will discuss effective prevention messaging to communities in general and to those who believe cannabis use is healthy, and examples of successful prevention and education models for youth in states with legalized cannabis.

 



 

Brenda Villanueva
Director, Pueblo y Salud, Inc. 

Jeanne Shimatsu 
Prevention Coordinator
Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.

 

 

Two committee leaders from a diverse group of community-based organizations from LA County, California will describe how policy work has driven advocacy and education related to minimizing youth exposure to cannabis in their organizations. The presenters will share lessons in anticipating and preparing for cannabis policy and unintended consequences for youth.

 


 
Morning Power Sessions - Choose One

 

1.  The Science of Today’s Cannabis and its Effect on Our Communities from the Perspective of the Poison Center

 

Presenter: Karen E. Simone, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, Director, Northern New England Poison Center

 

Join this power session about marijuana and other cannabinoids which describe health-related concerns with medical versus recreational use, inhalation versus edibles, adult, teen, and pediatric exposures, and plant versus synthetic cannabinoids. Also included in this workshop will be a discussion on the changes in potency and ratios of THC to CBD, identification of specific clinical problems related to use and an explanation of the driving hazards.

 

2.  Exploring Potential Municipal Approaches to Cannabis Policy

 

Presenter: Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 

In this power session, Ms. Zakov will present theoretical municipal approaches to cannabis policy to explore such questions as What are options for municipalities? What may be required by law?

 

 



 

 

 TWO AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

 

SESSION 1 - Choose One of Five Workshops


1.  Prevention Lessons Learned from Colorado and Other States with Legalized Cannabis

 

Presenter: Jessica Neuwirth, Consultant and former Retail Marijuana Education & Youth Prevention Coordinator,Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment 

 

Join in a continuation of this morning’s panel including brainstorming approaches, best practices, recommendations, and their application from Colorado to Vermont.  Youth prevention and education model examples from the morning will be highlighted.

 

2.  Cannabis Retail Models in Other States

 

Presenter: Chief Skyler Genest, Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery

 

Based on Chief Genest’s experience interacting with other state regulatory agencies, he will provide overview cannabis retail models in other states with a focus on Washington and Oregon. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how other states license and conduct enforcement and compare Vermont's model of Alcohol and Tobacco sales and licensing.

 

3.  Policy and Cannabis:  A Theoretical Discussion 

 

Presenters: Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Advocate, Vermont League of Cities and Towns; Brenda Villanueva, Director, Pueblo y Salud, Inc. and Jeanne Shimatsu, Prevention Coordinator, Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.

 

Policy experts from Vermont and California lead a theoretical discussion of municipal considerations for a taxed and regulated cannabis marketplace and the role of substance use prevention working with municipalities, including the impact of taxed and regulated cannabis on youth and families.

 

4.  Reconciling Evolving Cannabis Policies with the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents and Young Adults     (to be repeated in Session 2)

 

Presenter: R. Lorraine Collins, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

 

Dr. Collins will present information about cannabis and discuss issues related to the regulation of cannabis, particularly as it relates to adolescents and young adults. Included in the discussion will be descriptions of the components of cannabis plants and related cannabis products, information about policies related to medical and adult/recreational use of cannabis, and the risks and challenges of lessening cannabis-related harms to adolescents and young adults.

 

5.  One Young Adult's Perspective on the Impact and Implications of Cannabis on Youth

 

Presenter: Moses Delane, UVM Student and Young Adult Representative on the Substance Misuse Prevention Oversight and Advisory Council

 

Engage in discussion with a Vermont college student and young leader as he shares his perspectives and knowledge about terminology, the evolution of cannabis use by youth and concerns about gaps in information and studies of cannabis use and its impact on brain development and the health of youth. Moses intends for attendees to "walk away from my workshop with a new found understanding around Cannabis and THC usage, and feel more prepared as informed representatives of public health within their own communities".


 

 

SESSION 2 - Choose One of Five Workshops

 

1.  Cannabis Legalization in Massachusetts: What This Means for Public Health and Our Youth

 

Presenter: Jennifer L. Flanagan, Commissioner

 

This session follows up on the lunchtime discussion of the role of public health in cannabis legalization. Public health and youth prevention efforts in Massachusetts will be discussed, as well as some of the concerns that have been raised by schools and non-profits over the last three years.

 

2.  Teens Talk: Cannabis

 

Presenters: Franklin County Teen Institute

 

This session will be presented by high school youth from the Franklin County Teen Institute. Having just returned from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Youth Leadership Initiative in Washington DC, these students are eager to analyze and influence their communities in a positive way, and to create social change! They will discuss cannabis culture from the teen perspective based on their experiences as Vermont youth.

 

3.  A Physician's Perspective: Youth and Cannabis Use

 

Presenter: Jill S. Rinehart MD, Program Director, Department of Pediatrics University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Robert J. Larner School of Medicine at the University of Vermont

 

This workshop will examine cannabis issues from the perspective of a medical provider working with youth. The discussion will include what one pediatrician is communicating and sharing with her patients and their parents about cannabis as a health concern.

 

 4.  Tools and Lessons Learned from Rethinking Access to Marijuana

 

Presenters: Brenda Villanueva, Director, Pueblo y Salud, Inc. and Jeanne Shimatsu, Prevention Coordinator, Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.

 

Brenda and Jeanne will present on adapting the LA County marijuana policy decision-making matrix to Vermont. Also discussed will be the role of substance use prevention organizations working with towns to limit the impact of the retail availability of cannabis on youth and families.

 

5.  Reconciling Evolving Cannabis Policies with the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents and Young Adults     (repeat from Session 1)

 

Presenter: R. Lorraine Collins, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

 

Dr. Collins will present information about cannabis and discuss issues related to the regulation of cannabis, particularly as it relates to adolescents and young adults. Included in the discussion will be descriptions of the components of cannabis plants and related cannabis products, information about policies related to medical and adult/recreational use of cannabis, and the risks and challenges of lessening cannabis-related harms to adolescents and young adults.

 


  


  

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 

Vermont prevention professionals
Youth
Childcare professionals
Educators
Law enforcement
Law makers
Policy makers
Business owners
Media
Youth-serving organizations
Civic/volunteer groups
Healthcare professionals or organizations
Governmental agencies
Other Organizations involved in reducing substance use






THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 

 

 

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Lake Morey Resort
82 Clubhouse Road
Fairlee, VT 05045

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)


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