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PTTC Network Launches New Marijuana Prevention and Education Toolkit

Publication Date: Oct 04, 2019

The PTTC Network has identified seven areas to focus the development of new resources and training for the prevention workforce across the country. One of those areas of focus is marijuana risk. A network-wide work group has been convened to develop and produce resources for the prevention field to use to support their efforts in implementing marijuana prevention and education. The mission of the PTTC Network Marijuana Risk Work Group is to develop training and technical assistance tools, products, and service, related specifically to marijuana risk education and prevention, that can be deployed across the nation. New England PTTC's Director, Scott Gagnon serves as the chair of this workgroup. 


The Marijuana Risk Work Group is pleased to release the first set of marijuana prevention and education resources. There are four products that are being released.  Each product is listed below along with a short description of the product, the suggested use, and a link to download the product.  For any questions or technical assistance needs for the utilization of these products, please contact the New England PTTC: NewEngland@pttcnetwork.org


Facts Vs Myths Information Sheet:

This information sheet covers 7 common myths or misunderstandings as related to marijuana. These include myths on addiction, impairment, and other health effects. Each of the 7 myths is countered with the current evidence, including citations. The goal is to provide a tool for prevention providers to help respond to and educate the public around these common myths. 

Use: Tool for use in prevention messaging and education to help dispel misconceptions that may persist in the community around marijuana. This tool may be also useful as a handout at prevention education events.

Link to download


Cannabis Glossary – Terms by Topic

There are many terms, slang words, and other nomenclatures related to marijuana. This glossary will help prevention professionals be more familiar with these terms, to aid in competency when discussing these topics. Categories include plant anatomy, slang terms, terms related to marijuana products, cannabinoids, and other terms.

Use: Reference guide for prevention providers to familiarize themselves with the many terms related to marijuana.

Link to download


Marijuana Science Education Slide Banks

Two PowerPoint slide banks for prevention professionals to use in marijuana prevention and education work in their communities. The purpose of these slide banks is to provide prevention providers with researched and vetted tools they can feel confident in using in their marijuana prevention presentations.


  • “Marijuana and the Brain” focuses on the pharmacology of marijuana and how it effects the brain. Link to download

  • “The Varied Forms, Potency, and Health Effects of Today’s Cannabis” covers the many forms of marijuana products, as well as trends in potency, and known health impacts. Link to download


UseYou can provide one or both of these slide banks as a stand-alone presentations or integrate them into a presentation including local data, trends, and strategies for marijuana prevention. Each slide bank includes presenter notes to guide the speaker on presenting the information contained in the slides.  The slide banks also include the references to all of the literature used to source the information presented.


NOTE: Please do not alter any of the slides. If you need additional information, please contact the New England PTTC: NewEngland@PTTCNetwork.org  or (207) 626-3615


Also available from the New England PTTC...

Presentation slides from the 2019 New England Summer School of Addiction Studies Marijuana Policy Plenary session:

The Evolution of State Cannabis Policies and Where Prevention Fits In, 

Created and presented by: Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C, Director, New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.

Click to Download this resource!

Presentation description: Cannabis laws and policies are rapidly changing in states. Various decriminalization, medical marijuana, and adult-use marijuana policies are being debated and moving through state legislatures and ballot boxes. Amid all of this change, where does prevention fit in? This workshop shows participants how these policies can evolve, the implications for public health and safety, and how and where prevention fits in. Participants will learn from a presenter with hands-on experience both in prevention and shaping marijuana policies. Additionally, participants will learn about the new marijuana prevention training and technical assistance services from the New England PTTC.


If you would like the New England PTTC to come provide this 3-hour presentation in your state or community, please send us a request! NewEngland@pttcnetwork.org