WAUSEON - Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3), in partnership with Drug Free Action Alliance, has invited community professionals, parents and other interested adults to attend an information session on marijuana.
It will be on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Fulton County Administration Building, 152 S. Fulton St. in Wauseon. HC3 is hosting this event for parents to learn and ask questions about marijuana use and how it can affect your family, your employees or your business.
All around the country, marijuana policies are changing rapidly. At the same time, HC3 officials say marijuana use is on the rise, and so are the number of myths and misunderstandings about this drug. Is marijuana addictive? Is it safer than alcohol? Is it safer than cigarettes?
Chances are you have heard a lot of conflicting answers to these questions. HC3 and Drug Free Action Alliance invite the community to join them as they separate opinion from fact by exploring what the research says about both the health and impairment effects of marijuana.
1. Participants will be able to identify commonly held views about marijuana and evaluate the accuracy of these views based on current research findings.
2. Participants will be able to counteract harmful and misleading information that is circulating about marijuana and contributing to the lack of perceived risk associated with its use.
3. Participants will understand why abstinence is the only recommended choice for marijuana.
Nathan Hartsock, Delta Police Chief, said he wants people to be informed.
“As a concerned citizen and father of a 15 year old daughter, I could tell you that what I learned about marijuana growing up would not concern most, but as a law enforcement officer with 23 years of experience, what I have seen in my career might shock most anyone,” he said.
“If I could reach anyone about the hazards of marijuana use I would say this; I know most people look at marijuana as a ‘harmless’ drug. I have heard every argument for it from ‘it’s not like I’m doing hard drugs,’ to ‘no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose.’ I have seen a decline in the concerns of marijuana use even from our politicians and law makers who have moved to decriminalize it over the last couple years. I want people to be more concerned about it, especially the so called “medical marijuana” which has a higher potency.
He added that his opinion, “which is shared by most experts in the medical community, marijuana is a gateway drug. I have asked many marijuana users if they use any other drug and most will say no, but most every heroin, cocaine, and crack user that I deal with on a daily basis will say that the first drug they used was marijuana.”
If you would like to join this free training, register by contacting HC3 at (419) 337-0915 or by email at HC3Partnership@gmail.com by Monday, Sept. 8. Prevention and CD Counselor RCH’s will be provided by Drug Free Action Alliance.