September Meeting Minutes

  • Dustin Chapman, Fairview Behavioral Services (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Teresa Lunt (Parent)
  • LeeAnn Mortensen, North Memorial Health (Healthcare)
  • Lindsey Smith, MN Prevention Resource Center (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Camryn Krause Ferris, Joint Community Police Partnership, Crystal (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Miamon Queeglay, Joint Community Police Partnership, Brooklyn Center (State/Local/Gov’t)
  • Krista Brenno, Osseo High School (Schools)
  • Randi Ordner, PrairieCare (Youth Serving Organization)
  • Shane Mikkelson, Osseo Police Dept. (Law Enforcement)
  • Donny Shope, Anthony Louis Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Lauren Prnjat (Bul), Hennepin Regional Poison Center (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Annie Kackman, MN Adult & Teen Challenge (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Cathy Stahl, Hennepin Co. Services & Public Health Dept. (State/Local Gov’t)
  • Renee Gust, Hennepin Co. Services & Public Health Dept. (State/Local Gov’t)
  • Lorry Day, Life Lines for Youth (Business)
  • Jan Hofmann, Intermediate District 287 (Schools)
  • Michelle Hunt-Graham, Bridging Hope Counseling (Business)
  • Amber Smith, North Memorial/PFC (Healthcare)
Steering Committee Members Not in Attendance
  • Marie Maslowski, North Memorial Health (Healthcare)
  • Jessica Wong Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (Other Substance Abuse Organization)
  • Jen Holper, PrairieCare (Healthcare)
Welcome & Introductions

Teresa called the meeting to order. Attendees introduced themselves and shared their favorite activity to do locally and why. A motion was made and seconded to approve the August minutes. Motion carried.

National Cannabis Summit Takeaways & Discussion

Teresa and LeeAnn attending the National Cannabis Summit in August. Teresa shared that the summit was advertised as objective. There were also no exhibitors allowed at the summit to keep the discussion impartial. Teresa first attended a session by Dr. Sanchez and Mr. Mora from LA County Office of Education presented on rethinking access to marijuana (RAM) (see all slides here). RAM focuses on providing information and influencing policy by attending city council meetings. One of the comments made is they found that the term “cannabis” is not well understood by their community. RAM presented best regulatory practices for minimizing youth harms matrix that they developed to use with city officials looking at marijuana policy regulations.

Teresa also attended a session on perceived risk of harm and accessibility of marijuana and how city policies affect them. The session reiterated that policy approaches to reducing adolescent substance use are more effective than approaches such as health education or family interventions, particularly to address legal substance such as alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Examples include social host ordinances, and retailer training. As we’ve noted before, a concern among public health professionals is that increased availability and social acceptance of marijuana will lead to more youth use.

One of the keynote speakers, Dr. John Carnevale from Carnevale and Associates (a firm that specializes in offering guidance and practical solutions to governments, organizations and communities as they confront the public policy and program challenges of the 21st century), stated that 63% of Americans live in states that permit medical marijuana use, or both medical and recreational use. Dr. Carnevale’s comment was, “The debate for or against legalization has spoken. The train has left the station. Now we need to worry about implementation.” Actually, 80% of the country does not live in a legalized recreational state; 1 in 5 is hardly a mandate that the train has left the station.

Another presentation was looking at youth prevention in Colorado. Based on the information presented, youth marijuana use remains relatively unchanged for 30-day and lifetime use and CO youth current use is on par with the national average (Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, 2015). Conversely, the HKCS data has been viewed as flawed that even the CDC has excluded it for the Youth Behavior and Risk Survey (YBRS) for a couple of reasons:

  1. It suffers from serious methodological flaws as it is not a representative sample of CO schools. Jefferson and Douglas counties (the 2nd and 3rd most populous in the state), which encompass a majority of the Denver Metro area and El Paso county that is home to CO Springs, are not included.
  2. The survey designers decided, without explanation, to set the threshold for statistical significance far higher; meaning that differences that would usually be statistically significant would not appear to be so under the new standard. According to NSDUH, CO ranks number one for regular use among 12 – 17 year-olds.

Teresa asked the presenters about these limitations. Their response was that they were not aware that the CDC did not use their data, and that it is the data we have and we cannot control what school districts participate. CO has a budget of nearly $3.5 million for social marketing campaigns (Good to Know, Protect What’s Next, Lo Que Debes Entender). Slide 24 displays a glimpse of CO’s tax revenue, $5.6 million budget in 2014 – 15.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana “Bootcamp” Opportunity

Amber shared that Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is now offering one-to-three day “All Things Marijuana” Bootcamp training. The Bootcamp is useful for groups that have already legalized marijuana – in our case medical. SAM will teach us how to make our voice heard in supporting public health. Questions for interested participants include:

  • Are you interested in participating in a one-day or three-day training?
  • What interests you about this opportunity (i.e. talking points, walking away with a communications plan, etc.)?
  • Anything not listed that should be included in the training?
  • Are you or your organization willing to help support the training by paying a registration fee or larger contribution?
  • If you’re not able to provide financial support for this training, are you able to provide other resources such as food, meeting space, etc.?
  • How far are you willing to travel for this training?

We want this training to be valuable for attendees – walking away energized, ready to advocate and educate about marijuana in the community! If you’d like to get involved in the planning of this training, contact Amber.

ACTION ITEM: Amber will send out an email asking for more information from potential participants. Please send any questions to Amber.

2018 Meeting Location Survey

Amber informed attendees that a brief survey will be sent out to determine where and when we would like to meet in 2018.

ACTION ITEM: Amber will send survey link. Please complete by Friday, Oct. 6th.

Community Partner Sharing

Lindsey Smith shared the MN Prevention Program Sharing Flyer. Contact Amber if interested in attending. PFC can cover registration costs. (See more information about the conference here.)

Lindsey shared that Robbinsdale and Plymouth are considering changes to their tobacco ordinance. Robbinsdale is considering raising tobacco sales age to 21, restricting the sale of flavored tobacco to adult-only tobacco shops, and setting the minimum price for cigars at $2.60 each. Plymouth is considering raising tobacco sales age to 21.

Adjourned at 4 PM

Next Meeting is: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 2 PM at Osseo City Hall, Community Room B, 415 Central Ave #1

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