Forum to focus on pot policy in Maine – Foster’s Daily Democrat
SANFORD — Partners for Healthier Communities and Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, both members of the Sanford Strong Coalition, will host a public forum, “Marijuana Policy in Maine: The Impact on Public Health and Youth,” on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Nasson Community Center’s Little Theater at 457 Main Street from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The forum is open to the public and registration is not necessary.
The forum will share timely information about the health impacts of marijuana and explore how public policy has influenced the drug’s availability and use in Maine. The Maine Medical Marijuana Program will be explained and participants will be able to get questions answered regarding this program.
The forum will feature nationally known addiction expert Mark Publicker, MD, and Ms. Marietta D’Agostino, a state regulator of medical marijuana in Maine.
“While changes in marijuana policy and legal status are gaining attention, little is being said about the impact these shifts have had or will have on public health, especially on the well-being of our youth,” the coalition stated in a news release. “The fact is that marijuana use keeps teens from doing their best at school, work, and in learning new skills. Because of the problems with attention, learning, and memory that accompany marijuana use during adolescence, teens who use suffer the negative effects on academic performance and possible job prospects. Perhaps even more startling is the link between mental illness and marijuana use: teens who use marijuana weekly or more is at double the risk for depression and anxiety than their nonusing peers.
“Clouding the conversation of physical and psychological effects of marijuana is the widely-debated discussion of legalization. In addition to the national conversation, Maine’s passage of medical marijuana in 2009 has fueled conversations about the legalization, decriminalization, and commercialization of marijuana; however, many Mainers are confused …read more