Recent political changes in relation to marijuana are only part of the story. The publicized and politically charged world of drug policy has undergone immense changes over the past several years and those changes manifest not just in policy but also in the physical makeup of the cannabis plant. Not only has the perception of the plant changed, the actual plant itself has undergone dramatic changes as it has been industrialized and brought into a commercial market. As public opinion has softened towards cannabis the effects of consuming today’s marijuana remain poorly understood.
With increasing acceptance, often driven by corporate interests, use has been rising steadily among all demographics. Many have grown up in settings where cannabis use is the norm and cannabis use disorder accepted as typical behavior. Cannabis use disorder is on the rise and the changing makeup of the plant and its derivatives is making treatment more complex and challenging.
Given these realities, the need for continuing education regarding the evolution of cannabis and new forms of consumption as well as potential downsides is extremely important. A more holistic understanding of today’s marijuana will position us to have more relevant and potentially helpful conversations with those we serve. This conversation will be had in a respectful and nonpolitical manor promoting sound science while considering the practical reality of discussing cannabis in 2021 with a population that genuinely believes “it’s just weed.”
About the Presenter, Ben Cort:
Living in Colorado, Ben Cort has been part of the recovery community in almost every way imaginable. Ben has a deep understanding of the marijuana issue and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized. Ben's first book, Weed INC., was published in September 2017 and he is currently focusing on marijuana education and consulting inside the substance use disorder treatment field.
This training is FREE and will be offered twice for your convenience on Tuesday, April 27 from Noon-1 and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) is a FREE training program designed to prevent inebriation, drunk driving, and underage drinking. TIPS certified staff are less likely to sell to underage people and are more knowledgeable about state and local regulations. They receive fewer penalties for alcohol violations, provide improved customer service and satisfaction, and are more comfortable when dealing with inebriated patrons.
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