Monthly News & Updates

May 2024| Issue 33

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. Our primary mission is to support and advocate for protecting families and communities.

Spotlight Article

The US Department of Justice recently recommended that marijuana be reclassified as a Schedule III controlled substance. This would put cannabis in the same category as other lower-risk prescription drugs, such as Tylenol with codeine or ketamine.


Sadly, this recommendation seems motivated by politics rather than science. It is an election year, and the White House could court younger voters by supporting rescheduling.


Every Brain Matters strongly opposes this potential rescheduling of marijuana. It is our position that because marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug with little to no actual medical use, Schedule I is the proper classification.


The science and the data support our stance.


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The Voices of Marijuana Harms

This project, Voices of Marijuana’s Harms, provides a platform to get your voices heard! Whether it’s your child, spouse, parent, family member, or friend, please share stories to expose the human costs of marijuana legalization. 


This vital information corrects the false narratives spread by the marijuana industry. The images below provide access to stories, memorials, and resources. Learn more here.

Hope For Recovery

Amber Moore and Aubree Adams provide education about cannabis-induced psychosis (CIP) with personal stories, family resources, and practical tools to respond to a teen or loved one with CIP and pathways to recovery.

Access all our Family Recovery Resources here. 

Advocacy In Action

A Class Action Lawsuit against the marijuana industry is close to being filed in Colorado.


We need at least more lead plaintiffs who meets the following criteria: Been diagnosed within the last 2 years with cannabis use disorder, cannabis-induced psychosis, or cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome caused by any THC-containing (non-CBD) cannabis product purchased at a legal Colorado retail dispensary, with no previous history of mental illness (or digestive issues) and is no longer using cannabis products of any kind (including CBD).


For more information, please contact Aubree Adams at aubree@everybrainmatters.org or Aaron Cress at aaron@latenightlaw.com.

Residents of Highland Park New Jersey Oppose Marijuana Stores two lawsuits pending in the courts to stop pot stores in their town!

April 20th is known as a "marijuana holiday" but residents of Highland Park, NJ made their own statement on 420. "We are not here to judge or harass any marijuana users or the pot shop customers. We are here to make our own statement on 420 which is that we are against marijuana stores in our community. We are disappointed that Highland Park's mayor and council have not been listening to us at all."

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.



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 pan@learnaboutsam.org.

Moment of Science

2024 March 8 - The prevalence of cannabis use disorders in people who use medicinal cannabis: A Systematic review and meta analysis - CUD (cannabis use disorder) among patients who use marijuana for medical purposes hovers between 25-28% - higher than the percent among pain patients using opioids


2024 April 11 - State cannabis laws and cannabis positivity among fatally injured drivers - Over one-third of fatally injured drivers tested positive for cannabis use. Drivers fatally injured in states with laws permitting recreational use of cannabis were significantly more likely to test positive for cannabis use


2024 May 12 - Incident experiences following self-reported use of high-potency cannabis: Results from a longitudinal cohort study - Use of high-potency cannabis at age 16 or 18 was associated with twice the likelihood of experiencing incident psychotic experiences from age 19-24


2024 June -Associations of cannabis use, use frequency, and cannabis use disorder with violent behavior among young adults in the United States. Early screening for and treatment of CUD and of preventive interventions addressing cannabis misuse - Science Direct


Moment of Silence

May Marijuana-related impaired-driving deaths:


May 1, 2020 Kevin Patterson - 42 Minnesota

May 3, 2011 Jeremy Webb, 18, Wyoming

May 4, 2019 Brent and Elizabeth Tinsley's unborn child, Illinois

May 13, 2017 Elle Goldburg 22 - Florida

May 15, 2018 Christy Limas 14, Brook Limas 9, Noelle Johnson 39 - California

May 16, 2015 Aron Dunigan 18- Indiana, Juan Rivera, 56 - Illinois

May 16, 2021 Gwen Inglis 46 - Colorado

May 17, 2017 Cherlyn Collinsworth 18 - Washington

May 20, 2016 Peyton Knowlton 8 - Colorado

May 21, 2017 Lindsey Rotuno 17 - Ohio

May 21, 2012 Carter Vo 8- Illinois

May 26 , 2020 Roussy A. Cabrera Fuentes 4 -New York

May 29, 2014 Chase Rodgers 20 - North Carolina




May Remembrance:


Ben Shealy - May 19,2020

Katee Gene Ferguson, May 28,2020


May Heavenly Birthdays:


May 5, 1996 - Nathaniel Starkel

May 25, 1992 - Dillion Andrew Blodgett

To memorialize and honor your loved one, please click this link.
Visit our memorial page here. 
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