On Saturday, October 6, 2018 the ACO presented “Problems with Marijuana: An ACO Sponsored Forum” at Rutgers University Conference Center in New Brunswick, NJ.

Doctors and other professionals working in the trenches with drug addiction tackled the abundance of misinformation about marijuana and marijuana use by young adults. The forum featured a variety of speakers from different walks of life who offered their perspective on the subject.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Theodore Petti, is a nationally recognized expert with many years of research experience who has consulted with the New Jersey legislature on the subject. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and President of the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Petti has spoken across the globe on issues related to cannabis in adolescents and emerging adults.

Representatives from two internationally renowned websites promoting marijuana education—Julie Schauer, founder of Parents Opposed to Pot, and Kimberly Hartke representing Moms Strong—offered their views on marijuana use by young people.

ACO president Peter A. Crist, M.D. introduced the program, and therapists Dee Apple, Ph.D., Edward Chastka, M.D. and Dale Rosin, D.O. presented cases involving individuals whose lives were disrupted by marijuana.

There was also a rare opportunity to hear how one drug-free teenager manages a world where marijuana use by her peers in and outside of school is common; and from another young person willing to share details about her recovery from substance abuse. A question-and-answer section allowing the audience to interact with the presenters concluded the program.

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