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Free educational events about youth and marijuana to be held in Colorado Springs

October 17, 2017 Updated: October 18, 2017 at 8:19 am
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Two educational events to raise awareness about marijuana use among teens will be held in upcoming weeks in Colorado Springs. Associated Press file.

Two educational events to raise awareness about marijuana use among teens will be held in upcoming weeks in Colorado Springs.

- El Paso County Public Health's Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership and the Communities that Care initiative in Fountain will host a free presentation to raise awareness about the harmful effects of nicotine and marijuana on the developing brain and how local communities are addressing youth substance use.

The event will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 24, during Red Ribbon Week for drug use prevention, at Mesa Ridge High School, 6070 Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain.

Speakers include Nathanial Riggs, associate professor of human development and family studies at Colorado State University, and Bob Doyle, director of lung health programs at the American Lung Association.

Bird Dog BBQ will present a free dinner.

Community members with an interest in healthy youth development including parents, teachers, social workers and counselors are welcome to attend.

Click here to RSVP.

Click here for more information or call 578-3199.

- Landmark Community School, the state's only sober high school, will present a public roundtable discussion, "All Things Marijuana," 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 2, at the school, 828 E. Pikes Peak Ave., in Colorado Springs.

Speaker Jo McGuire served on the a work group for Gov. John Hickenlooper's task force to regulate Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in Colorado.

She serves on the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association board and co-chairs the international education committee.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 632-5112, or email director@landmarkcommunityschool.com.

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