Marijuana: Trends, Science, and Updates 2015

Our most recent community forum on Marijuana: Science, Trends & Updates 2015, was opened with a presentation by prevention colleague and distinguished guest, River Coyote, from the Tahoe-Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence (TTFWDD) Coalition and included the personal story of a local family’s journey using medical marijuana (CBD’s) to treat a child’s devastating illness presented by Kara Fox. The well-rounded presentation focused on the current trends in marijuana use, the tremendous changes we’ve seen with regard to potency, harms of youth recreational use and the potentially devastating impact marijuana has on the developing adolescent brain. .

Marijuana_FTUsing trusted science, River Coyote shared more than 20 years of research focusing specifically on the harms of adolescent marijuana use to help parents and community members become more aware that today’s marijuana has an exponentially higher potency and poses greater health risks: lowered brain functioning, memory loss, drop in IQ and greater risk for overdose and hospitalization. Coyote has a Master’s Degree in Public Health specializing in Substance Abuse Prevention for the last 13 years. She works as a Children’s System of Care (CSOC) Health Educator and is the current Director for the Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence working on Teen use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.

With all of the newly passed and coming up legislation, expanding the use of marijuana for medicinal as well as recreational use, parents are experiencing an increasing amount of challenges with having conversations with their youth about the consequences and risks associated with adolescent marijuana use. With permissive attitudes, seemingly social acceptance, and increased access, parental awareness is more crucial than ever. There are great resources available to help parents open and maintain clear lines of communication, a proactive approach, and healthy boundaries around their teens and marijuana use.

In addition to the science and research, parent Kara Fox, shared the touching story of her young son Julian’s journey. Julian was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 6 months old, began experiencing seizures at 4 years old, and was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Kara spoke about Julian’s very delicate and complex Cannabidiol (CBD) treatment and the 10 months of extensive research that was conducted to find the correct therapeutic levels to use medical marijuana. Kara Fox provided additional research that can be found at the (below) links:

What people said about the presentation:
82 % of attendees felt the presentation would be beneficial to share with more community members and felt more confident talking about marijuana and its harms after receiving the information.

91 % of attendees reported that, as a result of attending this presentation, their general knowledge about marijuana and perception of harm from recreational marijuana use by teens increased.

A local school administrator reported, “I need regular and updated data on studies. The cross fires of what is cultural and what is legal in this county is incredibly confusing to adolescents and young adults. The urban myths are hard to combat, as ridiculous as they are. We also need more updated data and info (as it is available) about marijuana usage and pregnancy/fetal development. Being able to quote: ‘We are seeing the cannabinoids jump the placenta barrier and that it shows up in breast milk’ is powerful.”

Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of joy and good cheer while simultaneously offering plenty of reasons to be stressed out and anxious — the gifts you haven’t wrapped, school finals, impending family gatherings, the pile of cookie exchange invites, the office parties… and the list goes on.

There are certainly plenty of have to’s on the agenda and a dizzying array of plans to keep up with. These seasonal happenings can be a great opportunity to connect and focus on togetherness and gratitude. With some practical tips, the stress that accompanies the holidays can be minimized for parents and children of all ages. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.

This season is, for parents, associated with a lengthy school break and kids at home desperate to be entertained. This may be the perfect opportunity to create new traditions that everyone can count on and look forward to.  Keeping it simple can keep it fun – sharing a favorite meal, watching a movie marathon (The Santa Clause movies, It’s A Wonderful Life, Polar Express – just a few favorites), making homemade gifts and cards for loved ones and so on. As families change and grow, so do their Holiday celebrations. Maybe some teens want to spend more time with their peers or have outgrown some of the family rituals.

Involve your teens in planning, adapting or even helping create new traditions.  This year, why not start a new tradition that reinforces the spirit of “giving”?

Here are a few ways to keep up the spirit, reinforce togetherness, and occupy vacation time.

Cozy Inside Ideas and Outside adventures…

  1. Homemade Crafts: A gift crafted from the heart has value far beyond the baubles purchased at the store and have the uniqueness of the giver and recipient.
    1. snow globes: The awesomeness of a winter season filled with sledding, snowmen, and fluffy blankets of powdery goodness don’t seem to fade with time. After all, these snow-filled memories have long been written and sang about through time. Transforming a child’s first ornament into a snow globe is a great way to make a new memory with the old. What you need: canning jar(s), glitter, hot glue gun, decorative ornaments, water…presto!
    2. Greeting cards: With the internet, texting, and social media handling the bulk of communication these days, won’t it be nice for loved ones near and far to receive and hand crafted card… Download and print coloring pages or print our preloaded card on cardstock and color them with the family. Download preloaded cards HERE
  2. Add a little flavor: Cooking and baking as a family can be a wonderfully messy adventure filled with opportunities to create new memories and bring back the old ones…
    1. Culture Night: Have the family pick a culture to learn about and create a traditional dish and project based on the research. (example: Culture – China; Project – Paper Lanterns; Food – dim sum) Learn something new and fun! Check out DuoLingo to learn some new words. Add to the adventure year round with a map of the world that the family can pin once the fun is over.
    2. Bake-offs: Grab the whole family and encourage the kids to bring in some friends on this one! Each participant will draw the name of a baked good from a jar and create a dinner and dessert special filled with laughs and fun.
  3. Take a hike and snap a pic: Create a photo album of holiday adventures with the family. Take a hike on the Hirschman or Independence Trail and take family photos in the beautiful scenery. The trails are ADA accessible and kid-friendly.
  4. Travel through time: The cultural history of Nevada County is known far and wide.
    1. Cornish Christmas – Enjoy the 48th annual Grass Valley Cornish Christmas Celebration – Friday Nights: Nov. 27 – Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00pm Learn more…
    2. Victorian Christmas – Nevada City Victorian Christmas 2015 – Sundays – Dec 6, 13 & 20 from 1:30 – 6pm and Wednesdays – Dec 16 & 23 from 5 – 9pm
    3. Empire Mine – Celebrate the holidays early 1900s’ style at Holidays at Empire Mine –Friday November 27th & Saturday November 28th, 2015 – Festive activities from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission for children under 6
  5. The gift of Giving: Families make the best of this time of year with what they have. Help your family embrace the people and organizations committed to generosity and learn about a charity, organization, or cause that may inspire your family to see if you can help. Even spreading the word about the efforts being done in the community is helping. Check out Giving Edge for a list and profiles of non-profits in our community.

Regardless of family background, beliefs or stage of life, Family Traditions are important as they promote quality family time and lasting memories. Make each day count.


Marijuana Trends, Science & Updates Forum – November 19th

MJ header Learn about: What are the current trends in marijuana use?
What is the trusted science of today’s marijuana?
Is marijuana addictive? Is marijuana harmless?
Has marijuana changed? (Wax, Shatter and Dabs…)
How does it affect the adolescent brain?
Legalization vs. Decriminalization – what’s the difference?
What has happened in Colorado (since recreational legalization passed in 2012)
and a local parent’s experience with using medical Cannabis for her child.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Doors open at 5:30
Presentation begins promptly at 6:00 pm
180 Sierra College Drive, Room #101, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Please RSVP – Space is Limited

This event is currently at maximum capacity and we are not able to receive any new RSVP at this time. Please email for more information. Thank you.

*Any views or opinions presented in this forum are solely those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily represent those of Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) or the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County (CDFNC).

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County is funded by the drug free communities grant # 5H79SP020679-02 from ONDCP and SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Office of National Drug Control Policy or the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



Safe Halloween

Here is a fun, safe acronym to help keep our little monsters safe!

S-Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

A-Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

F-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

E-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

H-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

A-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

L-Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

L-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

O-Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

W-Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

E-Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

E-Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

N-Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.( Source  )

National Red Ribbon Week – October 26 – 30th

What is Red Ribbon Week?

Many of you may be asking, what is this Red Ribbon, people are talking about. Well put simply it is a week dedicated to the cause of drug use prevention, especially in our youth. Where did someone even come up with this idea you may wonder.

Well… it began in 1985, in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person”, he told her, “but I want to make a difference.”

On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent’s side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena’s body was found. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon.(credit:Red Ribbon Web site )

We all hope to make the difference, the good news is if one person can start an entire movement, imagine the power we have when we work together!

In honor of Red Ribbon Week, The Outreach Team – youth-led drug prevention educators, are working with local middle schools to promote a door decorating contest!

Check out The Outreach Team’s progress and updates on Facebook page HERE.


Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth – Community Celebration

A message from the Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth (CALY):

Save the Date 10_20_2015Dear Friends and Partners of the Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth (CALY),

Please join us on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 beginning at 10:00am for an exciting year-end celebration meeting. Thank you to the General Gomez Arts and Events Center for hosting this spectacular meeting. We will have a lengthy, but exciting agenda – coming soon – for this meeting including a community assessment overview, the long-awaited reveal of the youth Video Project, as well as formal introductions to Leadership and Advisory Team members both returning and new.

Lunch will be provided and we will have the opportunity to celebrate with honors and awards, some of the individuals and/or organizations who have applied such diligent efforts over the short time to motivate and support the work of the CALY Coalition.

Attached is a flyer for the upcoming October 20th meeting that we hope you will share with as many community members as possible who are passionate about prevention efforts in the Auburn and Lincoln communities.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Location: General Gomez Arts and Events Center – 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603

Please RSVP to or call 530-273-9541 ext. 226

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Parent U Annual Workshop event – Powered Up Parenting

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Parent U offers free workshops for parents of middle and high school age students filled with inspiration, learning, and resource building geared for parents who want to intentionally raise their children for success. Workshops are designed to empower parents of middle and high school age students with information, skills and resources.

View or Download the New 2015 Parent Toolkit HERE

Watch the workshops on HERE

Click HERE to Register


Parent U is a collaborative effort in the community to provide workshops designed to empower parents of middle and high school age students with information, skills and resources.

*Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant # 5H79SP020679-02 from ONDCP and SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Office of National Drug Control Policy or the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

These videos are a great resource for parents who were unable to attend the event. Along with the Parent Toolkit, these videos provide information and tips from professionals in the field. Please enjoy these video segments provided courtesy of Mountain Event Productions.

Watch MORE workshops HERE

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THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE – Free showings September 10th and 11th, 2015

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition.AP feature 2015Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.

Community Recovery Resources (CoRR), CoRR Alumni, and Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County work together to bring this FREE event back to Nevada County. For more information, please call 530-273-9541 ext 226

WHEN: Thursday, September 10, 2015
TIME: Doors open at 5:00pm. Film starts at 6:00pm
WHERE: CoRR Campus ~ Grass Valley | 180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley (corner of Sierra College and East Main) | Call Melissa for more information 530-273-9541

RSVP early to reserve a seat Tel: 530-273-9541 ext. 226

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Also showing Friday, September 11th, 2015 at the State Theatre in Auburn, CA

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September is National Recovery Month – Join us for a FREE family event September 18th, 2015 4pm-7pm

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County (CDFNC), Community Recovery Resources (CoRR), and the CoRR Alumni Association join the the voices of recovery on September 18th from 4 to 7 pm in celebration of those who are recovering and the people and organizations who make recovery possible. National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) ( is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

FREE Family Fun Event ~ People CAN and DO recover at The Campus – September is National Recovery Month and recovery is happening…here, there, and everywhere! This year, we speak up and reach out to more than 20 million  Americans in long term recovery and share a message of community with the 2/3 of American families who are touched by addiction. There are many paths to recovery, including medical care and other professional treatment, group support, and self-help.

Day’s events will include: 

  • Bounce House
  • Dunk Tank
  • Passport Game
  • Raffle
  • Recovery Rock painting
  • Fatal Vision Goggles
  • Unity Circle
  • Live Music
  • Guided tours of The Campus (4:30pm & 5:50pm)

Download flyer HERE


Parents: Tips and Tools for YOU this summer

Summer is officially here, and the relief and freedom felt by most teenagers across the United States is accompanied by the concern and worry that many parents are experiencing about their children’s well being. Now that your kids are out of school, how can you be sure that they will stay out of trouble? How do you know that they won’t get involved with drugs? There are things that you can do to help them stay safe and enjoy a drug-free summer. Check out the awesome summer events hosted by NEO and YMCA Gold Country.


11 Tips you can use to Power-Up your Parenting this summer:

  1. Parent’s TALK…They hear you – Don’t assume that your children have fully gotten the message about staying away from drugs at school, in the media or elsewhere. Even if they have heard it countless times, it will have more of an impact when delivered one-on-one and with you expressing your sincere concern.
  2. Know your stuff – If you talk to your kids directly and honestly, they are more likely to respect your rules and advice about alcohol use. When parents know about underage alcohol use, they can protect their children from many of the high-risk behaviors associated with it. Teens these days are advancing in areas of technology at such a speed that it can be challenging to keep up. Just remember that there are a lot of opinions available on the internet, albeit, some teens will argue just for the sake of arguing… However, make YOUR rules and expectations clear and get ahead of the curve ball by conducting a little research of your own from reputable sources.
  3. Don’t Let them Go to Unsupervised Parties – This doesn’t mean “don’t let them go anywhere”… Just be cautious and, again, know your stuff. Summertime often sees parties where teens take advantage of the fact that parents may be out of town, or when teens host parties outdoors in different locations away from the prying eyes of adults, and they do this for a reason. Make sure that there will be responsible adults present at any parties that your children might be going to.
    Sign the Parent Pledge while you’re at it…
  4. Maintain an Open Channel of Communication – After talking with your teens about drugs, make sure that they feel comfortable discussing the subject with you. To do this, you need to avoid making the talk a stern lecture; keep it relaxed and invite your child to share his or her views on the subject. The more communication you and your child can have on the subject, the better will be the understanding and the more that your child will want to avoid doing anything that would disappoint you. Need some talking points? Click HERE for talking points on underage drinking.
  5. Keep Unsupervised Time to a Minimum – In all likelihood, there will be long hours during the work week when you will not be able to be there with your children to supervise their activities, but this doesn’t mean that you should just leave them to their own devices. Try to arrange things so that they’re with an adult as much as possible, whether at a friend’s house, coming with you to work, visiting with family, etc.
  6. Always Know Who They’re with and What They’re Doing – This is an extension of knowing your stuff and open communication. Your teen could easily spend most of the summer doing things you don’t have any idea about and spending time with friends you have never met, and you would have no idea what happened. Take the time to ask questions and keep tabs on their schedules and social scene.
  7. Point Out the Media Influence – Movies, TV, music, video games and more are filled with references to drug use, and in many cases the media not only normalizes drugs but makes them seem glamorous. Discuss this with your children to make sure that they’re aware of the message that’s being pushed, rather than passively accepting it as part of the show. For more information on technology awareness, read the Media section of the Parent U Toolkit or watch this quick video by Detective Zack La Ferriere from Parent U 2014. TOOLKIT VIDEOS
  8. Acknowledge and Reward Them – While you can focus on the things that your kids should not be doing, you should also pay attention to the good things that they do. By doing so, you can help to build up your child’s self-esteem and confidence, leading to a better outlook and overall level of happiness. If your child feels really loved and has a stable home life, there will be fewer reasons or excuses to use drugs. Check out the 40 Developmental Assets for ways to praise
  9. Help them Get Involved in Summer Activities – Summer break doesn’t have to mean idle days and aimless hours. In most areas of the country, there are plenty of activities going on, from organized sports, to summer camps, to volunteer activities. By choosing fun and engaging activities that keep your teen occupied and interested, you can reduce the opportunity to get involved with drugs. Check out summer happenings courtesy of Community Support Network (CSN) and Family Resource Centers (FRC)
  10. Help them Find a Job – If you can help your teen get a summer job, you can not only rest assured knowing that he or she will be busy and most likely supervised for much of the week, but also take stock in the fact that working and earning a paycheck can make an enormous difference in helping your teen to grow up. The responsibility of holding down a job can be a great deterrent to drug use. Check out One Stop Business Career Center 
  11. Set a Good Example – This is one of the most important things that you can do to help your teens avoid drug use. Don’t underestimate the effect that the things that you say and do have on shaping your children’s opinions and attitudes towards life. Be upbeat and driven, be compassionate and caring, and practice responsible alcohol use. According to middle and high school students surveyed throughout the 2014-15 school year by The Outreach Team, MOST teens WANT to be a positive influence on younger siblings and kids.

NEO – New Events and Opportunities

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Youth Center Drop-in Hours – youth 11 – 18 – July 1, 2015

139 Joerschke Dr, Grass Valley, CA 95945

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NEO @ the Markets

July 2, 2015

South Auburn Street

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Art Walk – July 3, 2015

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

York St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

Guerrilla Games – all ages – July 6, 2015

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Pioneer Park, 421 Nimrod Street, Nevada City, CA 95959, United States

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YMCA Day Camp for 5-12 year old kids

Camp runs in weekly sessions, from July 6-August 14th. YMCA serves children 5-12, with a Leader-in-Training program for children 13-15.

Camp hours are 8am-5pm including drop-off and pickup. The $115/week camp fee includes lunch, afternoon snack, a couple of pool admissions, and any field trips taken.

YMCA offers financial aid, with hopes of giving every camp-age child in the community the opportunity to attend summer camp!

Email for more info and an application.

YMCA  “Leader in Training Program” for 13-15 year old kids

The training program will kick off with a two-day Training Intensive on July 6th and 7th at Memorial Park. Participants will then be given the option to volunteer at day camp, from one to six weeks.

Training Intensive cost is $65 (financial assistance available), and includes the following topics, presented in group activities, group presentations, and lectures:

  • LIT expectations, YMCA core values; how to write a resume/interview practice; bullying and how to prevent/stop bullying at camp; games, skits, songs, activities; communication: how to communicate with campers, counselors, parents, and coordinators; ages and stages; appropriate ways to physically interact with children; types of abuse: characteristics and what to do if you suspect; basic first aid; how to redirect campers instead of disciplining; teamwork and problem solving.

Email for an application. Applications accepted until July 6th.