July Educational Conference

Johnny’s Ambassadors hosts our 3rd annual two-day Preventing THC Use in Teens conference! This will be a hybrid conference, meaning it will be filmed in person in front of a studio audience and livestreamed to virtual locations. You’ll participate in sessions with expert speakers giving the recent research about the dangers of youth marijuana use. All attendees, live and virtual, will receive access to the recordings for 90 days to watch on your own time. This event is appropriate for educators, community-based organizations, school administrators, drug prevention specialists, mental health professionals, parents, teachers, coalitions, law enforcement, counselors, and anyone else working with youth.

Wednesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 11, 2024
7:30 registration – 8:00 start – 5:00 end (MOUNTAIN) both days

Sessions are 75 minutes with 45 minutes for slides, 15 minutes for Q&A, and 15 minutes for discussion/chat and transition. Each presentation is a general session (no breakout sessions). ALL TIMES ARE MOUNTAIN.

Day 1 – Wednesday, July 10, 2024

8:00-8:15 John Stack, Chairman & COO, Johnny’s Ambassadors Youth THC Prevention
8:15-9:30 Dr. Susan Weiss, Director, Division of Extramural Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
9:30-10:45 Jacqueline-Marie (Jacquie) Ferland, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
10:45-12:00 Dr. Erik Messamore, psychiatric physician, pharmacologist expert in marijuana and psychosis
12:00-1:00 Lunch and action planning
1:00-2:15 Dr. Deepak D’Souza, Professor, Yale School of Medicine
2:15-3:30 Dr. Bertha Madras, Professor, Harvard Medical School
3:30-4:45 Matthew Rossheim, PhD, MPH, CPH, Associate Professor, Department of Health Administration & Health Policy School of Public Health
4:45-5:00 Laura Stack, Founder & CEO, Johnny’s Ambassadors Youth THC Prevention

Day 2 – Thursday, July 11, 2024

8:00-8:15 Welcome and kick off – Laura Stack
8:15-9:30 Carly Noelani Kajiwara, Director of Trainings, Reach Labs
9:30-10:45 Ciara Gregovich, Community Outreach Specialist, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
10:45-12:00 Dr. Mike Barnes, Chief Clinical Officer of Foundry Treatment Center
12:00-1:00 Lunch and action planning
1:00-2:15 Ryan Silberberg, Founder and Chief Recovery Specialist, The Sage Collaborative
2:15-3:30 Brandi Welch, recovered from Cannabis-Induced Psychosis
3:30-4:45 Amy Wadsworth – Parent of a child with Cannabis-Induced Psychosis
4:45-5:00 Closing with Laura Stack, Founder & CEO, Johnny’s Ambassadors Youth THC Prevention

We are applying for 12.5 CEs from the NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.

In-person registration must be received by July 3, and cancellations must be received 30 days prior to the conference start (June 10), to allow someone on the waiting list to make plans.