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Vermont Youth Cannabis Conference: Foundations in Cannabis Trends, Consequences of Legislation, and Impacts for Youth

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Keystone Conference:

Advancing Prevention Practices

Vermont Youth Cannabis Conference:

Foundations in Cannabis Trends, Consequences of Legislation, and Impacts for Youth

September 23, 2021

This conference provides an opportunity for prevention professionals to come together and refine or develop new cannabis use prevention strategies based on current trends and impacts focused on Youth. Based on lessons learned from other New England states and exploring Vermont’s own legislation for a legal retail market, keynote presentations, panels and workshops will provide an opportunity to explore community-based education, policy development, youth messaging and other topics to implement at the regional or local level.

Objectives:

1. Connect Vermonters from around the state to coordinate youth cannabis use prevention opportunities, strategies and supports.

2. Gain knowledge of the lessons learned from other states as they created and managed a legal and retail cannabis market place.

3. Determine and plan for youth cannabis use prevention strategies for local implementation.

Who should attend ?

Prevention professionals and youth allies currently working to address youth substance misuse including cannabis.

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With an abundance of caution as the number of COVID cases continues to rise, a decision has been made by the Vermont Department of Health/Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (VDH/ADAP), to change the September 23rd Youth Cannabis Prevention Conference to a virtual event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Panels and Workshops will be recorded and made available post Conference.

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Updated Virtual Schedule:

8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome and Housekeeping

8:45 - 10:00 am Morning Panel:

- Lessons Learned From Other States with a Legal Retail Marketplace

Scott Gagnon, Associate Executive Director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., and Director of the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC)

Megan Scott, MSW, Substance Use Prevention Program Manager Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control Program, Division of Disease Prevention, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Heidi Heilman, President, Massachusetts Addiction Prevention Alliance

10:00 - 10:15 am Break and Transition

10:15 - 11:30 am Morning Workshops

- Messaging to Prevent Youth Cannabis Use

Liz Blackwell Moore, MPH, Birch Lane Strategies

- Working with Local/Municipal Decision Makers: A Round Table Discussion

Seth Jensen, Deputy Director, Lamoille County Planning Commission

Alison Link, Policy and Community Outreach Coordinator, Healthy Lamoille Valley

Alice Stewart, Mount Ascutney Prevention Partnership

Kimberly Gilbert, AICP, Regional Planner, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Planning Commission

- Cannabis Legalization and Youth—The Massachusetts Experience

Jennifer Flanagan, MS, Director of Regulatory Policy, Vicente Sederberg LLP, Former Commissioner, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

Julie Johnson, PhD, Director of Research, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 - 1:45 pm Afternoon Workshops

- The Layers of Cannabis Policy, And Where Prevention Fits In

Scott Gagnon, Associate Executive Director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., and Director of the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC)

- Reducing and Preventing Cannabis at College: A round table discussion

Tom Fontana, AOD Team, University of Vermont

- How to Engage Youth through Storytelling

Becky Holt, Vermont Story Lab

- Polysubstance Vaping

Dr. Andrea Villanti, Vermont Center on Behavior

Dr. L.E. Faricy MD, FAAP, Pediatric Pulmonologist at University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

1:45 - 2:00 pm Closing Remarks and Look at the Jam Board and Reflections

Optional - Small group breakout rooms for sharing

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we pivot to a virtual Conference on September 23, 2021

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There is  no charge to attend through the Vermont Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP).