This webinar will examine the intersection of cannabis policy and substance use prevention. Attendees will learn the importance of cannabis policy literacy as a skill set in prevention work, and how it is vital in shaping prevention initiatives. The webinar will also delve into how we can have constructive dialogue with lawmakers and leaders when it comes to cannabis policy, to advocate for public health principals in the cannabis policies in our states, municipalities, and institutions.
Time: 12:00-1:30pm ET (11CT/10MT/9PT)
Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C, is a certified prevention specialist, the Associate Executive Director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., and the Director of SAMHSA’s New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). Gagnon is a national trainer on cannabis policy and prevention. Gagnon is the Co-Chair of the PTTC Network Cannabis Prevention Work Group, a board member of the Maine Recovery Coach Certification Board, a previous member of Maine’s Cannabis Advisory Commission, and a former member of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council. Gagnon's work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the 2013 Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse Prevention Award, the 2015 Will Bartlett award from Healthy Androscoggin, the 2015 Ruth Shaper award from the Maine Public Health Association, and the 2017 Patrick J. Kennedy Outstanding Advocate Award from Smart Approaches to Marijuana.