May 1, 2018
Hosted by, Paul Emory
KVMR Community Radio hosted a community forum, “Teens and Marijuana: A Discussion,” Tuesday, May 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nevada Theater 401 Broad Street, Nevada City. This public affairs conversation was also broadcast live on KVMR Community Radio / 89.5 FM.
The legalization of recreational cannabis/marijuana in California this year has stirred up plenty of controversial news. One aspect of the new law that hasn’t been given as much attention, is how it impacts our young people, especially teens. We, as parents, educators, and community citizens need to understand the differences in the cannabis industry today regarding dosages, edibles, and access. This KVMR Town Hall Forum is offered to inspire a constructive and engaged conversation around how we can best educate and support our teens through these tumultuous years with the added challenge of legalized marijuana and the impact it has on their brain, body, and development. What are the possible solutions to keep our students healthy, happy, and engaged with their lives and futures?
A panel of local experts offered their perspectives and thoughts on the dangers of marijuana and the teen brain, how to effectively use it medically, and how to communicate with our teens about marijuana safety. Our panelists included Marlene Mahurin, TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) Project Coordinator, Ken Cutler, PhD, MD, Nevada County Public Health, Forrest Hurd, parent of Silas Hurd (using medical marijuana), Annie Keeling, parenting expert, Glory Rain, high school senior from North Point Academy and Monica Senter, Cannabis Alliance.
This event was moderated by Paul Emery. There was an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.