Marijuana Subcommittee Information
Meetings are currently held the second Thursday of the month, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Coulee Recovery Center (933 Ferry St., La Crosse, WI 54601)
We are available for presentations!
For more information, please contact...
7 C's Coalition (formerly La Crosse Area Health Initiative) tobacco coalition Leader (more information here).
La Crosse County Health Department
300 4th Street N.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Goals & Objectives
Goal: Reduce youth past 30-day marijuana use.
Objective: By September 29, 2019 educate at least 200 parents/caregivers, teachers, coaches, health professionals, business leaders, and other community residents in La Crosse county about the risks and consequences associated with marijuana use.
Strategy 1: Enhance Skills/Provide Information
Strategy 2: Modify/change Policies
Meeting Agendas & Minutes
The National Institute on Drug Abuse calls marijuana the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. Just under 1 in 6 people 12 years of age or older report using marijuana in the past year. Teens’ perceptions of the risks of marijuana use have steadily declined over the past decade. In 2014 the La Crosse County Prevention Network identified youth marijuana prevention has a priority. In 2016 the initiative was funded through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants.
This work group is made up of people from our community who share a common concern about marijuana use and an interest and commitments towards youth marijuana prevention. The work group is an excellent forum for parents, students, educators, clergy, youth influencers, media, medical community, law enforcement and local government.
Members of the marijuana work group plan educational events (listed below), town hall meetings, and Wake Up Call.
Meth & Marijuana: October 2016 Viterbo Tom Johnson, Investigative Coordinator, West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group, MEG, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, Nick Passe, Passe Law Office, Anne Patton, Drug Treatment Court Coordinator, Justice Support Services.
Today’s Marijuana April 2017 La Crosse County, UW-L and Viterbo Ed Shemelya: National Coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative. This is an initiative within the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) that is responsible for assisting and improving the capabilities of the 28 High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA) areas nationwide in carrying out the National Drug Control Strategy objectives of disrupting domestic trafficking and production of, and reducing demand for, marijuana and derivative products.
Boot Camp on Marijuana November, 2017 Stoney Creek Inn Tony Coder Director of State and local Affairs, Smart Approaches to Marijuana
Marijuana: The Latest Research March 2018 Gundersen Health System & Viterbo Dr. Bertha Madras, Professor of Psychobiology at Harvard Medical School.
Gundersen Health System Presentation
Wake Up Call: a life size exhibit of a teenager’s bedroom with more than 50 red flags that can signal substance abuse. Our goal is to educate parents and other adults who are influential in the lives of youth so they know what seemingly innocent items can actually be an indication of substance abuse, provide resources and encourage positive communication styles. Tours are provided by trained guides.
Members are available to speak on a variety of topics:
Also, Wake Up Call is featured on our events page!
We will utilize a Four Pillars Approach, modeled after SAM's approach:
1. To inform public policy with the science of today's marijuana
2. To have honest conversation about reducing the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest
4. To promote research of marijuana's medical properties and produce pharmacy-attainable medications.
3. To prevent the establishment of big marijuana that would market marijuana to children, and to prevent big tobacco from taking over big marijuana.