“Using marijuana during the adolescent years can have significant impacts on brain development, memory, judgment, perception and motor coordination”

-source: ventura county limits

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The focus of the Community Prevention Partners Cannabis Initiative is to address these consequences by focusing on reducing youth access and availability to cannabis and increasing perception of harm.

Strategies Include

  • Policy
    • Working with jurisdictions to develop and implement strong cultivation and dispensary policies
    • Working with the cannabis industry to develop and implement internal policies
  • Education/Mobilization
    • Hosting assemblies at schools about drugged driving
    • Working with the cannabis industry to disseminate information about safeguarding against access to medical cannabis and information on impacts/harms of misuse by teens
    • Working with neighborhood groups to inform of local policies and help mobilize
    • Community awareness campaign around the harms and impacts of misuse by youth


Santa Cruz County youth have consistently reported higher percentages of Past 30 Day Use of marijuana-26% than the average California youth-21%.
— CHKS; 2014 & 2011
More youth today are in treatment for marijuana abuse or dependence than for the use of alcohol and all other drugs
— SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (2010)
Compared to teens in California (71%), more Santa Cruz County teens (79%) report that it is very easy/fairly easy to obtain marijuana.

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To find out about the next meeting, contact : Jenna Shankman