Is "Big Marijuana" really representing the interests of Georgia citizens and businesses with recent legislation attempts? Or are they trying to create a 2nd “Big Tobacco,” that is not only addictive but also psychoactive?

30 Second Silent Counter-ad Video On What The Marijuana Industry Isn’t Telling Us

Marijuana and Opioids - A Link We Can't Ignore

Unless you want a Pot Shop in your hometown like the one above
also called a “Medical Cannabis Dispensary”
and Pot Fields growing in Georgia contact the Lt. Governor and
Senator David Shafer ASAP. Click Here for more details.

LESSONS LEARNED AFTER 4 YEARS OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Sally's son, Andy, committed suicide after becoming addicted to marijuana. In his suicide note, he said "Marijuana killed my soul and ruined my brain."

​​Downloadable Marijuana Counter Advertising Infographics

Marijuana Counter Advertising Infographics
Marijuana Counter Advertising Infographics

​Please download and distribute free, downloadable counter-ad from Let’s Be Clear GA. Please contact  Dr. Raduka at admin@clearga.org if you would like to put your organization’s logo on the infographic.

​Chronic State - How Marijuana Normalization Impacts Communities

​Idaho is surrounded by marijuana-legalized states. DrugFree Idaho has implemented a marijuana education campaign including billboards, TV commercials, and radio commercials using data from legalized states. The largest part of this campaign has been the documentary they filmed and released this summer. The film crew visited surrounding states to get stories from key informants on the outcomes their state has experienced following legalization. They have shown this documentary in high school health classes, with school counselors, principals, and other staff. Outside organizations have also used the documentary in educational settings so they are sharing their documentary in case anyone may find it useful. Please click here to watch/use the documentary, Chronic State.

Drugged Driving Arrests and Crash Numbers Continue to Climb in Ohio

5 minute news video from Ohio featuring a mother who lost her daughter to a driver impaired from Marijuana (THC).  1/3 of the Drugged Driving arrests in OH last year were due to Marijuana (THC). The Video also features a Drugged Driving Summit sponsored by Triple A (AAA).

​Power point shown at Let’s Be Clear Town Hall Meeting on
THC, Marijuana, and Driving Stoned, January 16, 2019.

Click here to view the presentation.

Lets Be Clear Town Hall Meeting on THC Marijuana and Driving Stoned

Report Rank-ordering Georgia's Public School Systems in Terms of
Student 30 Day Use Of Marijuana

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy

​Download Dr. Young's Report:

At the request of Let's Be Clear Georgia, Dr. Henry Young with the University of Georgia's College of Pharmacy, issued a report rank-ordering Georgia's public school systems in terms of student 30 day use of marijuana (6th - 12th grades).  The study utilized data from the 2016 GA Student Health Survey (GSHS 2.0).

Of interest were the 5 school systems with the highest 30 day prevalence percentages. The school system ranked #1 is in metro Atlanta. County school systems ranked #2, #3 and #5 are all in middle Georgia. School system #4 is located in southwest Georgia. If you live or work in the area served by one of these school systems, please notify them of their ranking. To download Dr. Young's 2018 Report please click here.
              
Clear does not hold these school systems responsible for such use, but does highly recommend these systems putting marijuana prevention programs in place if they do not already have them.

Strategies/Interventions for Reducing Marijuana Use

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Stephanie Armbrister Strutner

Stephanie Strutner, MPH, CPSII
Click here to read her full BIO.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has highlighted three considerations in determining which interventions provide the best fit for a community’s comprehensive prevention plan:

  1. Conceptual fit: Is the intervention relevant and logically connected to identified risk factors and outcomes?
  2. Practical fit: Is the intervention appropriate given the culture of a particular community, taking into account community readiness, the community’s population, and general local circumstances?
  3. Strength of evidence: Is there sufficient documented evidence to support the strategy’s efficacy?

​Click here to read the current document which summarizes the strength of evidence found in the literature for strategies that may affect the initiation, escalation and consequences of marijuana use.

Click here to view Mrs. Strutner's 2018 Let's Be Clear Georgia Annual Prevention Summit presentation.

​4-​Year ​Follow-up ​Study ​​​Finds that ​Participants ​Who ​Used ​Cannabis for ​Chronic ​Non-cancer ​Pain had a ​Greater ​Pain ​Severity ​Score ​Compared with ​People with ​No ​Cannabis ​Use

​​Findings: 1514 participants completed the baseline interview and were included in the study from Aug 20, 2012, to April 14, 2014. Cannabis use was common, and by 4-year follow-up, 295 (24%) participants had used cannabis for pain. Interest in using cannabis for pain increased from 364 (33%) participants (at baseline) to 723 (60%) participants (at 4 years). At 4-year follow-up, compared with people with no cannabis use, we found that participants who used cannabis had a greater pain severity score (risk ratio 1·14, 95% CI 1·01–1·29, for less frequent cannabis use; and 1·17, 1·03–1·32, for daily or near-daily cannabis use), greater pain interference score (1·21, 1·09–1·35; and 1·14, 1·03–1·26), lower pain self-efficacy scores (0·97, 0·96–1·00; and 0·98, 0·96–1·00), and greater generalised anxiety disorder severity scores (1·07, 1·03–1·12; and 1·10, 1·06–1·15). We found no evidence of a temporal relationship between cannabis use and pain severity or pain interference, and no evidence that cannabis use reduced prescribed opioid use or increased rates of opioid discontinuation.

Big Marijuana Moves to Exploit the Opioid Epidemic

Drug Free America Foundation

​Big Marijuana moves to exploit the opioid epidemic pushing false/dangerous narrative of marijuana as antidote to opioid crisis

​Drug Free America Foundation is sending a letter to legislators in states where the marijuana lobby is pushing a false and dangerous narrative that marijuana is an antidote to the opioid epidemic confronting the United States. Medical experts, in fact, say the opposite is true.  
 
The National Institute on Drug Abuse analysis found that marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of prescription opioid use. “Respondents to the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions reported past-year marijuana users in their initial interview had 2.2 times higher odds than nonusers for having a prescription opioid use disorder and 2.6 times greater odds of abusing prescription opioids,” said Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation. Read More >>

​​​Legislation and ​Policy ​Influence ​

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​While both Let’s Be Clear Georgia and Let’s Get Clear Georgia engage in policy education, should you be interested in more direct ways to influence legislation and policy please visit LetsGetClear.org for more information.

Augusta Chronicle: Letter to the Editor

Medical marijuana a witches brew of urban legend

LetterToThe Editor - Augusta Chronicle

As the cultural sands dramatically shift in America we are witnessing a halting, erratic movement toward the legalization of marijuana.

​Unfortunately, the medical profession is being drawn into the middle of this controversy.

This is not good.

The vehicle used to entrap the medical profession in this culture war is the application of “medical marijuana.”

Beware! This is not a scientifically produced, carefully controlled medication extracted from a plant. Read More >>

Beware! This is not a scientifically produced, carefully controlled medication extracted from a plant.
Craig Kerins, M.D. - Retired Orthopedic Surgeon
Bertha K Madras, PhD
Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Bertha Madras, PhD, Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, presented at CADCA's National Leadership Plenary. Dr. Madras discussed the importance of using science to inform the public about marijuana's harm. "This is not a war on drugs. It's a defense of our brains," she said during her popular keynote.

Source: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

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Click Here to learn more about the Let's Be Clear Georgia collaborative efforts by downloading our Let's Be Clear Georgia Collaborative Brochure.

Marijuana In The News

Marijuana In The News

​​Medical Marijuana Ads May Spur Teen Pot Use

News Source: ​​HealthDay
Link: ​https://consumer.healthday.com/public-health-information-30/marijuana-news-759/medical-marijuana-ads-may-spur-teen-pot-use-733955.html

This news is related to: ​​Marijuana advertising, marijuana billboards, marijuana magazine ads, and marijuana signage in stores


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​Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of prescription opioid misuse and use disorders via @NIDAnews

News Source: ​NIDA News
Link: ​https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2017/09/marijuana-use-associated-increased-risk-prescription-opioid-misuse-use-disorders#.WoRekhU4tBU.mailto

This news is related to: ​Marijuana use associated with an increased risk of prescription opioid misuse


Marijuana In The News

Little-known illness tied to smoking weed on the rise

News Source: CBS News
Link: http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/little-known-illness-tied-to-smoking-weed-on-the-rise/ar-BBxF7iw?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

Journal Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine
Link: Cyclic Vomiting Presentations Following Marijuana Liberalization in Colorado

This news is related to: Marijuana and Health, Marijuana-Related Illness, Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome


Marijuana In The News

AAA Report shows fatal marijuana-related car crashes have doubled in the state of Washington following legalization

Source: AAA - American Automobile Association
Link: http://newsroom.aaa.com/2016/05/fatal-road-crashes-involving-marijuana-double-state-legalizes-drug/Click to replace anchor text

This news is related to: Marijuana and Driving, Marijuana-Related Car Crash Statistics, Marijuana Legalization


Common Myths About Marijuana

  • Teens
  • Workplace
  • Driving
  • Medicine
  • MENTAL Health
  • Marijuana VS Cannabis

MYTH: MARIJUANA IS A STREET DRUG AND CANNABIS IS A MEDICAL PRODUCT

Marijuana Leaf

The Marijuana that is being sold on the street and the Cannabis being discussed for legalization in the news is in fact the same exact plant. Marijuana/Cannabis is classified by the DEA as a Schedule I drug which is a substance, or chemical which has been defined as a drug with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.

 Some examples of Schedule I Drugs are: Heroin, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Marijuana (Cannabis), 3,4-MethyleneDioxyMethamphetamine (Ecstasy), Methaqualone, and Peyote

Source: United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Drug Scheduling - http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

Source-Verified Educational Tracks/Talking Points

  • #1 - Marijuana and Addiction
  • #2 - MARIJUANA AND THE TEEN BRAIN
  • #3 - SMOKED MARIJUANA IS NOT MEDICINE
  • #4 - Marijuana, CBD, Hemp and Other Terms
  • #5 - The business of marijuana
  • #6 - Marijuana and In-State Cultivation
  • #7 - Marijuana and Chronic Pain
  • #8 - Marijuana ANd the workplace
  • #9 - Marijuana and driving
  • #10 - Marijuana and Perception of Harm
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Marijuana and Addiction

Drug addiction is a disease of the brain that compels a person to become singularly obsessed with obtaining and abusing drugs despite their many adverse health and life consequences.

  • #11 - How and Why the Marijuana Industry Targets Youth
  • #12 - Marijuana and Potency
  • #13 - MARIJUANA AND EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
  • #14 - Marijuana and Pregnancy
  • #15 - MARIJUANA AND MENTAL HEALTH
  • #16 - MARIJUANA AND MOTIVATION
  • #17 - Marijuana and life outcomes
  • #18 - Marijuana and the criminal justice system
  • #19 - Marijuana and Treatment
  • #20 - Marijuana Effects on the Heart and Lungs
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How and Why the Marijuana Industry Targets Youth

It’s important to know as much as possible about “Big Tobacco” and teenage smoking patterns and attitudes to in order to understand why the marijuana industry, like the tobacco industry, also targets youth.

According to Phillip Morris, “Today's teenager is tomorrow's potential regular customer, and the overwhelming majority of smokers first begin to smoke while in their teens . . . it is during the teenage years that the initial brand choice is made.

​The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact Volume 5  

​HITDA's latest report update, The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact Volume 5, is available. ​There is a great deal of important information and data in this report that our leaders and the public should be aware of in order to make informed decisions.  I hope I can count on you to take a little of your time to distribute this email as widely as possible.  Please send it to:

  • Members of your organization, if applicable
  • Associates and friends
  • Media outlets in your area
  • Alternate First Order
    Federal, state and local government leaders from your area

​​Per Tom Gorman, Director of Rocky Mountain HIDTA, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal law enforcement entity located in Colorado, you are welcome to use any of the material in this report, including copying graphs and charts for PowerPoint presentations.  You do not have to credit RMHIDTA but please include the source of the data.  I welcome any input, suggestions or questions regarding the report.


  Why the High THC in Georgia’s “Low” THC Oil?

Medical Marijuana States Maximum THC By State

 Study Finds One in Six Children Hospitalized for Lung Inflammation Test Positive for Marijuana Exposure in Colorado

A new study found that one in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with coughing, wheezing and other symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure. Click Here to learn more.


  National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws

The National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL) has updated its report on State medical marijuana legislation. The report summarizes ongoing and future efforts to regulate medical marijuana at the State level. The updated medical marijuana report follows last week’s updates on follow-up, decriminalization, and personal non-medical use marijuana legislation.

National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws
  • To read the medical marijuana legislation report Click Here
  • To read the “follow-up” legislation report Click Here
  • To read the decriminalization report Click Here
  • To read the personal non-medical use report Click Here

American Epilepsy Society Position on Medical Marijuana

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Click here to read a letter from Dr. Amy Brooks-Kayal, President of the American Epilepsy Society and a Colorado pediatric neurologist, to the Health Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The letter describes a scientific study of the negative effects of artisanal CBD oils, similar as Georgia’s “low” THC oil (containing as much as 5% THC) on 20% of children with epilepsy that were studied.

​Source: Amy Brooks-Kayal, MD President, American Epilepsy Society

The American Epilepsy Society, is the leading organization of clinical and research professionals working to advance and improve the treatment of epilepsy through the promotion of research and education for healthcare professionals. Society membership includes epileptologists and other medical professionals, allied healthcare professionals, and scientists concerned with the care of people who have seizure disorders


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Committee on Obstetric Practice - Committee Opinion

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Cannabis sativa (marijuana) is the illicit drug most commonly used during pregnancy. The self- reported prevalence of marijuana use during pregnancy ranges from 2% to 5% in most studies. A growing number of states are legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, and its use by pregnant women could increase even further as a result. Because of concerns regarding impaired neurodevelopment, as well as maternal and fetal exposure to the adverse effects of smoking, women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use. Obstetrician–gynecologists should be discouraged from pre-scribing or suggesting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes during preconception, pregnancy, and lactation. Click here to download a free copy.

Preliminary Findings Demonstrating Latent Effects of Early Adolescent Marijuana Use

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Logo

Among early-onset users, continued years of Marijuana use and current Marijuana consumption were associated with thicker cortex, increased (GWR) Gray–white matter ratio and decreased (LGI) local gyrification index. Late-onset users exhibited the opposite pattern. This divergence was observed in all three morphological measures in the anterior dorsolateral frontal cortex. Conclusions: Divergent patterns between current MariJuana use and elements of cortical architecture were associated with early Marijuana use onset. Considering brain development in early adolescence, findings are consistent with disruptions in pruning. However, divergence with continued use for many years thereafter suggests altered trajectories of brain maturation during late adolescence and beyond. Click here to download a free copy of the Early Adolescent Marijuana Use study.

The State of Marijuana Use in Georgia:
A Secondary Needs Assessment

Georgia State University School of Public Health

The State of Marijuana Use in Georgia: A Secondary Needs Assessment -Issued by the School of Public Health, Georgia State University, June, 2015.

Click Here to download a free copy.

Dr. Madeline Meier Responds to Latest IQ and Marijuana Studies

Arizona State University

Dr. Madeline Meier, Professor at Arizona State University, commented on two studies regarding IQ and marijuana use. Dr. Meier stands firm by her previous research showing an up to 8-point reduction in IQ among heavy marijuana users.

Click Here to download a free copy.

Georgia Recreational Marijuana Educational Study

Georgia Recreational Marijuana Educational Study

This is a Georgia study regarding voter opinion as to whether recreational marijuana should be legalized in Georgia – issued by Bason Research.

Click here to download a free copy.

The Marijuana Project

Issued by Aegis Sciences in 2015, The Marijuana Project is a clinical rebuttal of the deceptive and often contradictory marketing narrative of the marijuana special-interest groups. It is a succinct resource in booklet format of peer-reviewed literature with an appropriate combination of scientific and medical documentation.

Click here to download a free copy.


Is It Safe To Smoke Marijuana While Pregnant?

Is It Safe To Smoke Marijuana While Pregnant

Rumors  abound that marijuana has no effect on the unborn child, and that it is safe to smoke while pregnant. But research has shown that marijuana use by a mom can cause numerous adverse effects on newborns and growing children. Some effects can linger into adulthood.

Click here to learn more.


Marijuana Policy Strategy

Kenneth Stroup, founder of NORML

"We [NORML*] are trying to get marijuana reclassified medically. If we do that (we'll do it in at least 20 states this year for chemotherapy patients) [we] will be using the issue as a red herring to give marijuana a good name. That's our way of getting to them . . ."

Source: Quote from Kenneth Stroup, founder of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) from an interview with him which appeared in the Emory Wheel student newspaper on Feb. 6, 1979 (pp. 18-19). Georgia passed its first marijuana law in 1980.


Policy Education Resources

Policy Education Tips

Talking Points

Forms of Advocacy

Learn more about the Let's Be Clear Georgia collaborative efforts by downloading our Collaborative Brochure and Marijuana Mantra Brochure

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Marijuana News Archive


Marijuana In The News

Let’s Be Clear Georgia was mentioned in a recent NBC News article

Source: NBC News
Link: https://clearga.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/NBC-News-Mentioned-Lets-Be-Clear-GA.pdf

This news is related to: Marijuana Legalization, Marijuana Debate, Growing Medical Marijuana in Georgia



Marijuana In The News

Medical Marijuana Panel Rejects Georgia Grow

Source: The Telegraph - Politics & Government
Link: http://www.macon.com/news/local/politics-government/article48861950.html

This news is related to: Marijuana Legalization, Marijuana Debate, Growing Medical Marijuana in Georgia



Marijuana In The News

Why Ohio voted against legal marijuana — and what it means for the future of the pot debate.

Source: The Washington Post
Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/03/ohio-rejected-legalizing-marijuana-what-that-means-for-the-future-of-pot/

This news is related to: Marijuana Legalization, Marijuana Debate, Rejecting Marijuana Legalization



Marijuana In The News

The case against Colorado's pot law - Supreme Court case Nebraska and Oklahoma vs. Colorado

Source: Los Angeles Times
Link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0625-bolitho-colorado-preempt-20150624-story.html

This article is related to: Loretta Lynch, U.S. Supreme Court, Marijuana Use, Marijuana Laws



Marijuana In The News

Drug Facts Nationwide Trends

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Link: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trends

This article is related to: Marijuana Use, Teenage Drug Use Statistics, Drug Use Increase


Marijuana In The News

HB 1 - Haleigh's Hope Act; Signed by Governor on 04/16/15

Source: Georgia General Assembly
Legislative Summary: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/HB/1
PDF Link: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/152355.pdf

This article is related to: Georgia Law, Haleigh's Hope Act, Marijuana Law, HB 1


Marijuana In The News

This is what pot does to the teenage brain

Source: Time
Link: http://time.com/3100613/pot-harms-teenage-brain/

This article is related to: Teenage Marijuana Use, Addiction, Youth Neurocognitive Damage, Brain Development

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Learn More About Nationwide Prevention Efforts

Let's Be Clear Georgia is 1 of more Than 1,000+ Groups nationwide who are Working to Prevent Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and Other Drug Use by Youth. To learn more about other groups around the United States click here. If you are in the state of Georgia and would like to contribute your talents or make a donation learn more below.

Prevention Is A Community Effort In Georgia

The gulf has never been greater between the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms and the public’s misunderstanding of those harms. But prevention can change that!

Georgia citizens, educators and business owners need to be heard loud and clear when it comes to protecting our children, families, employees and drivers across the great state of Georgia from the dangers of Marijuana.

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