Be a Champion for Prevention: Marijuana Policy in the Time of COVID-19

Champion for Prevention Series

Be a Champion for Prevention: Marijuana Policy in the Time of COVID-19

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Pacific Time



During our Pacific Southwest Listening Sessions for Prevention Practitioners on doing prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic, a concern that was frequently raised was about local and state marijuana policies and regulations shifting to accommodate businesses during COVID-19 restrictions without public health considerations. Some of the questions raised during these sessions included concerns about the increased availability of marijuana in the COVID-19 environment. Others expressed concern about marijuana dispensaries being deemed essential businesses by state leaders. Many were concerned that these new practices will contribute to increased substance misuse and continue beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

To respond to these concerns, we are holding this important discussion session with experts in this area. If you share these concerns, please join us to learn how YOU can be a champion for prevention!

  1. Registration will be limited and you will be asked to submit your discussion topic/concerns in advance. 
  2. Facilitators will moderate a dialogue with participants with the goal of identifying a cohort of participants who are willing to serve as champions who can mobilize their communities and disseminate information to their stakeholders and through their networks. 
  3. Following the discussion event, the Pacific Southwest PTTC will convene ongoing Community of Practice (COP) calls with champions identified to continue the dialogue.



Joe Eberstein, Program Manager for the San Diego County (MPI) Marijuana Prevention Initiative at the Center for Community Research, Inc.

Roneet Lev, MD, FACEP, Emergency Room Physician and former Chief Medical Officer of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Patrick Foley, Community Outreach Manager, McAlister Institute.



Tuesday, May 26, 2020            
03:00 p.m. - 04:30 p.m.  Arizona
03:00 p.m. - 04:30 p.m.  Pacific
12:00 p.m. - 01:30 p.m.  Hawaii
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  American Samoa

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Republic of the Marshall Islands
09:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Pohnpei and Kosrae
08:00 a.m. - 09:30 a.m.  Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
07:00 a.m. - 08:30 a.m.  Republic of Palau

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Cost:  Free! 


Register here:

Registration is limited to 60 individuals to foster an interactive dialogue.

*This event is only available to people who work in the Pacific Southwest PTTC region (see the list on the registration page).



Contact Janet Porter: [email protected]

Starts: May. 26, 2020 3:00 pm
Ends: May. 26, 2020 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline
May 26, 2020
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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