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April 20, 2020: It's "4/20" - Have a conversation about the dangers and risks of Marijuana.

We shared this newsletter last year on 4/20 - it's worth a read again today:

420, 4:20 & 4/20

However you refer to it, 420 is a great excuse to talk about marijuana - prevention.   It’s a pretty good bet that the young people in your life know this slang term is commonly associated with marijuana.

You can just ask them if they heard about 420, and then sit back and listen.  It's a perfect excuse to start a conversation and turn it into a prevention opportunity. 
The important part is to have factual information regarding marijuana that you can share as a part of the conversation.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation everywhere people look from the Big Marijuana business people looking to make money off of use.  We want to provide you with factual information on the dangers, risks, and potency of this drug.  
Make it fun, how many of these six questions can you get correct?  Kids (adults too) like a little challenge to see just how much they know.  This is an eye-opener for people to learn about “today’s marijuana.”  This is an excellent site for information too. 

Make sure they know Marijuana use impairs mental functions in ways that don’t always show physically.  Research has shown impairments in essential mental functions such as Memory, Reflexes, Judgment, Attention, Cognitive skills and Perception.  These impairments can last for weeks after using marijuana.
The big question, how can we prevent marijuana use with kids?

  • Set Rules and Expectations:  Be clear that you are against your child’s use and make sure they are aware of the consequences should they break the rules.
  • Ask Questions:  Ask your child what they know about drug use in our community and schools. This is the world they live in. 
  • Discuss Legal Ramifications:  Marijuana in NH – learn more here.
  • Lead by Example:  If you use marijuana for medical purposes or recreationally, do not use in front of your children. For therapeutic cannabis use, here are some safety guidelines to follow. 
  • Start Talking and Keep Talking:  Young people need trusted adults to talk to about issues that are important or concerning to them.  Open communication is a proven prevention tool that is free.  A good place to start, the dinner table – all devices off and ask about their day. 
  • Reduce Access to this drug:  Our NH legislative body is looking at HB 481 to legalize marijuana in NH.  Please take a moment to learn about this and use your voice to make your concerns be heard.  Our Youth Action students made this video to help raise awareness.  Please help them by passing it along to others.
  • Be informed:  We have included some very helpful and informative sites below in this email that are constantly researching and sharing updated information.  This is information that the media doesn't always share but is important to know.  

Each and every day we are learning more about marijuana.  It is crucial to have updated information and know the impact this drug has on our youth and communities.  Please visit our website often as it is updated regularly.  Below is more information, and visiting our social media sites is an easy way to stay connected and updated.

Adults are already overwhelmed with the news about vaping and "JUULs".  It is vital to point out that our youth are concerned about their peers who are actually vaping marijuana now.  Of even greater concern is that the marijuana concentrates that are used in these devices have very high THC levels usually. 

As always, we thank you for your continued support and being a part of the community effort that is the Raymond Coalition For Youth.

Celeste Clark, Executive Director

Teens are asking for adults to support healthy youth and communities. Do you think adults need to listen to their concerns?

Take a look at this message by our Raymond High School Youth Action Students about HB 481.

regarding Marijuana

Know! What's New with 420
From our friends at Know! A program of Prevention Action Alliance, just put out a great newsletter that gets you all the facts you need to know about 420.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy. They are professionals working in mental health and public health. They are bipartisan. They are medical doctors, lawmakers, treatment providers, preventionists, teachers, law enforcement officers and others who seek a middle road between incarceration and legalization. Their commonsense, third-way approach to marijuana policy is based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety.  Learn more here.

Also, if you are on Twitter, follow Kevin Sabet - Former adviser to 3 US Administrations. Founder/President of SAM. Promoting smart drug policy solutions rooted in public health. Author of Reefer Sanity. His Twitter feed is always up to the minute with information that you will not hear on the evening news. 

The Marijuana Report
This newsletter is a wealth of information about what is happening with Marijuana, and is very up-to-date. Read the latest edition here. 

Take Back 420
TakeBack 420 is designed to promote awareness, empower youth and inform our communities about the harms of adolescent use. TakeBack 420 is a day to encourage prevention for those who have not used and help those who may have started already to reduce or stop their usage.


Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to progress to smoking cigarettes, study finds
Using both e-cigarettes and cigarettes at the same time — called dual use — is a common use pattern among youth. In 2015, 65 percent of youth who had used an e-cigarette in the last 30 days also reported using another tobacco product in the same time frame. Read more here. 

Vaping Marijuana causes increased impairment
Research out of Johns Hopkins University in Maryland found that no matter the amount of THC, those who vaped marijuana reported more powerful effects (than smoking), including serious impairment in their reaction time and overall cognitive abilities. 

Marijuana-related emergency visits on uptick at UMass Memorial
The increase in marijuana-related emergency visits being seen in Massachusetts since marijuana has been legalized there is worth noting, particularly because so little is known about cannabis use and how it will affect peoples’ lives — for instance, in driving.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
mysterious condition makes marijuana users violently ill, and it reveals a hidden downside to the drug's growing popularity. 

December 2019:  CBD - What You Need to Know
You may have noticed that cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be available almost everywhere, and marketed as a variety of products including drugs, food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and animal health products. Other than one prescription drug product to treat two rare, severe forms of epilepsy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any other CBD products, and there is very limited available information about CBD, including about its effects on the body.  Read more here...

Our High School Youth Action students created this important Public Service Announcement regarding HB 481: 

Did you know, Colorado is finding out that for every $ in tax revenue,

it is costing $4.50 in public health expenses. Not such a deal, after all?

Some of the real costs of Marijuana legalization

Five Fast Facts About Marijuana Legalization:

What can you do? The Realities of Marijuana Legalization

We thank New Futures for providing information on how to get involved with sharing your voice with local newspapers. View sample letters to the editor here: 

June 27, 2018:
Raymond Coalition for Youth wants you to know the facts about Marijuana in New Hampshire

News from our partners at New Futures: February 19, 2018

February 19, 2018

Thank you for your advocacy so far to help keep New Hampshire healthy and stop the legalization and commercialization of marijuana. We know that legalization is wrong for New Hampshire's youth and overall quality of life. Find some more information below on what's going on in the Granite State's fight to oppose marijuana legalization and commercialization.

Update on HB 656

Thank you to the many advocates who turned out to testify in opposition to marijuana legalization at last week's hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee. The committee heard from many concerned citizens about increased health and public safety costs that will result from legalization.
See our overview here.

Call to Action

The Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote on HB 656 this Wednesday, 2/21. It's not too late to call the committee and let them know that opening the door to Big Marijuana is wrong for New Hampshire.
Click here for everything you need to call the committee members.

The Granite State Opinion

Granite Staters have been writing in and sharing their thoughts on legalizing this harmful substance and making it easier for our youth to access. Check out a couple of the latest pieces, or see a full list here.

Union Leader (2/11/18) - Another View -- Dr. William Goodman: New Hampshire should not legalize recreational marijuana
Seacoast Online (2/8/18) - Bill to legalize marijuana would harm NH's youth

Marijuana In the News

Things like law loopholes, edibles being shared with daycare providers, and more have been highlighted in recent nationwide news about marijuana.

Buy a shirt, get pot 'gift': Companies exploit law loophole

Marijuana-laced cookies given to daycare providers by parent

A check-up on medical marijuana in New Hampshire


New Futures, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 307, Concord, NH 03301

New Marijuana information, research and resources are available:

January 9, 2018: (click on the images for the full sized documents)

January 10, 2018:

Have you heard about HB 656?  It is an effort to legalize Marijuana in NH.  On January 9th House  voted to allow for the possession, consuming, growing, and transporting of up to 6 plants of marijuana for personal possession. That's nearly 6 pounds of marijuana for personal use!  If this bill passes, this harmful substance will be much more accessible to our youth while their brains are being built.  In prevention we know that one of the keys to reducing substance misuse is reducing access.  

Our RCFY - Youth Action members have something to say about the January 9th vote by the NH House. They can't all vote, but shouldn't their opinion matter? They are the ones who see the effects of marijuana on their peers, community and families.

If this is a matter that is important to you there is still time to share your feelings on this issue with members of the Ways and Means committee  but you will need to call or email as soon as possible.  To learn more about marijuana legalization you can visit our partners at New Futures' website

December 3, 2017:

Celeste Clark, RCFY's Executive Director, along with Kate Frey, the VP of Advocacy for New Futures, on WMUR-TV with Fred Kocher discussing Marijuana in NH and the importance of making sure youth and young adults have healthy coping skills. Video courtesy of WMUR TV.


March, 2017:

Please click on the image to view the full publication from the DEA

The State of NH has issued a Collective Action Issue Brief #4: MARIJUANA USE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE Marijuana Issue Brief 2014 (2)

  • Marijuana is stronger and more hazardous today! It’s a green/brown mixture of dried shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers from the hemp plant. Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette called a “joint.” It can also be smoked in a water pipe “bong,” mixed in food and/or brewed as tea. Street names include: Weed, Aunt Mary, Boom, Chronic, Dope ganja, Gangster, Grass, Hash, Herb, Kif, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, and Sinsemilla.
  • Marijuana is mind-altering and affects your ability to learn. THC (the active ingredient) affects the nerve cells in the brain reducing motivation, ability to speak and to remember things.
  • Marijuana affects your self-control interfering with your life. Marijuana can seriously affect your sense of time, perception, and coordination, impacting things like driving, school, and work.
  • Marijuana can be addictive. It can also lead to the use of other drugs.
  • Marijuana affects your lungs. A single joint contains four times as much cancer-causing tar as a filtered cigarette. You can develop breathing problems like cigarette smokers: coughing, wheezing, colds and/or lung infections.
  • Marijuana is not always what it appears to be. Marijuana can be laced with other dangerous drugs without your knowledge (such as crack cocaine, or PCP).
  • Marijuana is illegal. Buying, selling or having small amounts can lead to an arrest.

If you know someone who smokes marijuana, urge him/her to stop or get help. If you’re smoking marijuana – stop! The longer you ignore the real facts, the more chances you take with your health and well-being.

Marijuana Facts for Teens:

Quick Facts–

  • Most teenagers do not use Marijuana
  • Marijuana is addictive. About 1 in 6 people who start using as a teen, and 25–50 percent of those who use it every day, become addicted to marijuana.
  • Marijuana and driving do not mix. It is the most common illegal drug found in drivers who die in accidents (around 14 percent of drivers), sometimes in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
  • Marijuana affects the brain—altering memory, judgment, and motor skills.
  • Among youth receiving substance abuse treatment, marijuana accounts for the largest percentage of admissions: 61 percent of those under 15, and 56 percent of those 15–19.


What is marijuana? Are there different kinds?
Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp, or cannabis, plant. It goes by many different names—pot, herb, weed, grass—and stronger forms include sinsemilla (sin-seh-ME-yah), hashish (“hash” for short), and hash oil.

How does marijuana exert its effects?
All forms of marijuana are mind-altering (psychoactive). In other words, they change how the brain works. Marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals, including THC (delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol). Since THC is the main active chemical in marijuana, the amount of THC in marijuana determines its strength or potency and therefore its effects. The THC content of marijuana has been increasing since the 1980s.

What happens if you smoke marijuana?
Some people feel nothing at all when they smoke marijuana. Others may feel relaxed or high. Some experience sudden feelings of anxiety and paranoid thoughts (more likely with stronger varieties of marijuana). Regular use of marijuana has also been associated with depression, anxiety, and an amotivational syndrome, which means a loss of drive or ambition, even for previously rewarding activities. Marijuana also often makes users feel hungry. Its effects can be unpredictable, especially when other drugs are mixed with it.

In the short-term, marijuana can cause:

  • problems with learning and memory;
  • distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch);
  • diminished motor coordination; and
  • increased heart rate.

But marijuana affects each person differently according to:

  • biology (e.g., his or her genes);
  • marijuana’s strength or potency (how much THC it has);
  • the circumstances of its use and expectations of effects;
  • previous experience with the drug;
  • how it’s taken (smoked versus ingested); and
  • whether alcohol or other drugs are involved.

What are the activities/behaviors most likely to be affected?

  • Learning: Marijuana’s effects on attention and memory make it difficult not only to learn something new, but to do complex tasks that require focus and concentration or the stringing together of a lot of information sequentially.
  • Sports: Marijuana affects timing, movement, and coordination, which can throw off athletic performance.
  • Judgment: Marijuana, like most abused substances, can alter judgment and reduce inhibitions. This can lead to risky behaviors that can expose the user to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

How does smoking marijuana affect the lungs?
Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers do, such as daily cough, more frequent upper respiratory illnesses, and a greater risk of lung infections like pneumonia. As with tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke consists of a toxic mixture of gases and tiny particles, many of which are known to harm the lungs. 

Although we don’t yet know if marijuana causes lung cancer, many people who smoke marijuana also smoke cigarettes, which do cause cancer—and smoking marijuana can make it harder to quit tobacco use.

More Facts & Information on Marijuana

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)