Monthly News & Updates


March 2024| Issue 31

Welcome to the Every Brain Matters monthly newsletter. We are a trusted educational resource for families wanting to stay safe from the harms of marijuana and the expanding drug crisis. We counter the false narratives pushed by the Big Cannabis industry with facts, statistics, peer-reviewed scientific data, and real-life stories. Most importantly, we support and advocate to protect families and communities.

Spotlight Article


Colorado AG Weiser Picks Marijuana Over Kids

Today’s children have unprecedented access to super-potent cannabis products that are getting them higher and putting them at greater risk than ever before.

Extremely powerful THC concentrates are sold everywhere in attractive packages and preloaded into battery-powered disposable vape pens that can easily be hidden in a kid’s pocket or backpack.

Children can hit (use) the vapes discreetly – even at school â€“ and then just toss them in the trash.

Marketing and Products Aimed at Kids

It’s obvious that this march to change marijuana policies is driven by profit and greed rather than responsible business practices. Marijuana merchants tend to resist regulations to keep their dangerous and addictive products out of the hands of young people.

Using strategies straight out of the Big Tobacco playbook, the cannabis industry targets minors to groom future generations of customers.

Since it is entirely illegal to market or sell marijuana products to anyone underage, and because there is so much overwhelming evidence about how harmful the drug is to adolescents and teenagers, you would logically assume that every possible measure is being taken to keep marijuana away from children.

You could further assume that elected officials would be extremely vigilant about protecting the youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

Unfortunately, that is not always true.

Betraying Colorado Children

Phil Weiser, the Colorado Attorney General, along with other legislators from around the country, are pushing to lessen restrictions for cannabis and to expand access to industrialized marijuana.

Keep Reading


Hope For Recovery

In this new era of industrialized THC, families need support, resources, and hope. In April, we prepare families for the marijuana holiday (4/20) with three events. Please join us in these conversations.

April 16 - Helping a Loved One with Cannabis-Induced Psychosis.

April 17 - Climbers Family Support Meeting

April 18 - Vaping: History Repeating Itself?

In this presentation, Aubree Adams and Amber Moore will educate about cannabis-induced psychosis and provide personal stories, family resources, and practical tools to respond to a teen or loved one with CIP and pathways to recovery. Click the image to register.

This online support group is for families affected by a loved one’s marijuana use. We openly discuss how we can contribute to it positively or negatively. It’s difficult for families to know what that means, so by discussing these situations, we gain clarity on the best response for our families. Click the image to register.

In this presentation, Dr. Crystal Collier will discuss capitalistic patterns of public health problems, why nicotine is so addictive, how vaping marijuana exacerbates the problem, and what parents and clinicians can do if young people start vaping. Click the image to register.

Access all our Family Recovery Resources here. 

Voices of Marijuana Harms

Submit your story here. 

Advocacy In Action

Way to go, Parent Action Network, an initiative of Smart Approaches to Marijuana. Seasoned and new family advocates work together to protect families by educating legislators in Washington, DC.

Parent Action Network (PAN), an initiative of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), is focused on training parents and families to effectively tell their stories to enact change. Through leading experts in grassroots advocacy, news and media, and legislative strategy, we provide the tools and training you need to tell your story to any audience.

Our parents are bringing awareness to the negative impact marijuana legalization has had on families by sharing their stories with their state and federal lawmakers and sharing their stories in national news outlets like on Fox News and The Wall Street Journal and state outlets like the Billings Gazette and the Grand Forks Herald.

We want to hear from you! Please participate in our Parent Action Network Interest Survey so that we can learn more about you, what you know about marijuana legalization, what you want to learn more about, and the skills you want to learn to better advocate for change.


We want to hear from you! Please participate in our Parent Action Network Interest Survey so that we can learn more about you, what you know about marijuana legalization, what you want to learn more about, and the skills you want to learn to better advocate for change.

Because of parent and family voices, more decision-makers are aware of marijuana's harmful effects on public health and safety. If you are interested in becoming a PAN advocate, sign up on our webpage or contact us at

By Sophine Neito-Munoz

March 1,2024

Marijuana legalization law at center of legal fight waged by anti-cannabis group

Plaintiffs accuse local officials of 'marijuana trafficking' in violation of federal stature-copy here.

Should high-potency cannabis products be regulated differently in Washington State?

Cannabis was the catalyst that brought the chaos of psychosis into our family's life.

Mary Maas, parent advocate

Washington (KOMO) by: Molly Shen, Feb. 14, 2024

Dangers of Marijuana: How high-potency weed & oil can damage the teenage brain

Adrian Ching says, "I never thought marijuana was that lethal or that dangerous." Her son was admitted for psychosis.

San diedo (KGTV) by: Jim Avila, Jan. 24, 2024

Moment of Science


Moment of Silence

March Marijuana-related impaired-driving deaths:

March 9, 2019 - Joy Tyus, 28, and Pierre Shelton, 30 - Illinois

March 15, 2019 - Danielle Thomas, 16 - Illinois

March 16, 2018 - Isabelle Gonzalez, 16 - California

March 16, 2018 - Brandon Hunsberger - California

March 16, 2020 - Christopher Blunt, 22. Colorado.

March 27, 2016 - Amanda Walzer, 43 - California

March 16, 2016 - Thomas Clardy, 44 - Massachusetts

March 19, 2017 - Alexis-Danielle Brown Johnson, 15 - Michigan

March 8, 2018 - Sherry Rodriguez, 44,

Martin Rodriguez, 51, Jaime Vidal Pelayo, 30 - Washington

March 30, 2019 - Mikayla Guile, 19 - New York March 19, 2019 - Brian Hughes, 5 - Virginia March 27, 2021 - Porsha Branch, 28, Drake House, 7 months, Messiah House, 2, King House, 5 - Texas

March 23, 2020 - Adityarini Lewis, 33. New Hampshire.

March 14, 2017 - Destinee Wheeler, 15, Darion Wheeler, Paul McEwan, 20. Wyoming

February Remembrance:

March 1, 2014 -Andy Zorn

March 27, 2019 - Aaron Reddy

March 31, 2020 - Matthew Pontefract

March Heavenly Birthdays:

March 2, 2000 - Garrett Craig

March 2, 2001 - Henry MacDougall

March 6, 2007 - Jacob Leif Nielsen

March 8, 2002 - Brain Patnode

March 11, 1997 - Zachary Muth

March 16, 2015 - Alyssa Langdale

March 29, 2001 - Nicolas James Glassman

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