Community Responses to Cannabis Legalization

1:00pm - November 2, 2021 thru 2:00pm - November 2, 2021 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes PTTC
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The Great Lakes PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.



This presentation is Part 1 of a two-part series on community responses to cannabis legislation.

Half of the U.S. population now live in states where medical or recreational marijuana use is legally allowed. But as marijuana is becoming more widely available, many communities are struggling to ensure that people use the drug responsibly—and that it stays out of the hands of minors. The presenter will discuss what effective youth prevention programs could look like at a time when cannabis is becoming more mainstream.

To register for Part 2 of this series, use this link: Community Responses to Cannabis Legalization: the Illinois Experience 



  • Describe how legalization can affect the use of marijuana by minors
  • Discuss how existing public health programs can inform prevention
  • List community strategies to prevent minor use of legalized marijuana



Certificates of attendance will be emailed to all participants who attend the session in full.   


Gisela Rots, Project Director and Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Education Development Center 


Gisela Rots

Gisela Rots, a public health expert and highly skilled trainer, leads programs that improve outcomes for vulnerable populations through the use of evidence-based strategies. She specializes in substance misuse prevention, youth risk prevention, and building resilience. For over 15 years, she has managed award-winning training programs, integrated trauma-informed approaches into prevention, designed successful social marketing campaigns, advised state agencies and community coalitions, and developed cross-sector partnerships to improve services.

Rots translates research into practice to address implementation hurdles across community, social, demographic, and environmental contexts. She is the director of the Center for Strategic Prevention Support (CSPS) and consults for Prevention Solutions@EDC. She also leads an effort to address the needs of children experiencing opioid misuse in their homes.