A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Death Resulting from Marijuana-Induced Psychosis – And How to Keep It from Happening to You
Featured expert: Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM MOUNTAIN
Cost: $0 (But we would welcome your donation!)
On the one-year anniversary of her son’s death by suicide, Laura Stack will publicly tell the story of Johnny Stack’s marijuana addiction for the first time from a parent’s point of view, a poignant chronicle of the shocking descent from innocence to eventual suicide. Before marijuana, Johnny was a computer whiz with a 4.0 GPA and a perfect math score on the SAT. He was a funny, charming, handsome young man, with a college scholarship and a bright future. After marijuana, he was an abusive wraith who stole his family dog from the home and threatened to kill it without payment from his mother. With moving candor, Laura traces the first warning signs, their attempts at rehabilitation, her desperation, and his demise. Through this tragic, transparent tale, Laura hopes to use her pain and research to help parents talk to their children about the dangers of today’s marijuana on the developing adolescent mind.
During this one-hour presentation, Laura will discuss:
- Who’s Johnny? A Beautiful Boy, a Beautiful Life
- Marijuana, Dabbing, and the Downhill Slide
- What Happened?
- Parental Rationalizations and Blind Spots
- How Marijuana Impacts Adolescent Brain Development and Causes Mental Illness*
- What I Should Have Done
- What You Can Do
- The Death of a Son and Birth of a Mission
* Laura’s presentation uses research-based evidence, verified by Johnny’s Ambassadors Scientific Advisory Board.
Laura Stack is Johnny’s mom. Professionally, she is better known as The Productivity Pro®, the bestselling author of eight previous books on productivity and performance topics. She is in the Speaker Hall of Fame and has given keynote speeches and training seminars to major corporate, association, and government audiences for nearly 30 years. Laura then gained the undesired wisdom of knowing what it’s like to lose one’s child.
To help her heal from her tragedy while sitting home due to COVID, Laura formed a 501c3 nonprofit, Johnny’s Ambassadors, to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on the developing adolescent mind. She hopes to help other parents keep it from happening to them by honestly and boldly sharing Johnny’s story. Laura believes saving lives and getting teens to #StopDabbing would be a positive outcome to her great tragedy.
“Forge ahead despite your pain and give meaning to your loss.” – Laura Stack
Email Founder & CEO, Laura Stack, at [email protected].