Monthly News & Updates

July 2023 | Issue 23

The Every Brain Matters community educates about the health and environmental dangers of marijuana and the drug culture expansion by providing support for families and advocacy based on lived experiences and science.

The public is being deceived regarding marijuana products and their effects, like cannabis use disordercannabis-induced psychosis, and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, which has led to a public health crisis. No matter how much the drug culture expands, we will “Keep On Keepin On” because we wholeheartedly know that Every Brain Matters.

Hannah Palmer, Youth Coordinator & Social Media Administrator

Truth from Youth -

Your Voice Matters 

For too long, people have been silent about issues surrounding marijuana and the drug culture expansion. I have never been afraid to speak my mind, but for some reason, I sometimes find myself too quiet when it comes to these issues. While reflecting, I realized it comes down to fear of what other people will think. Then I ask myself, why does it matter? It shouldn't. Advocating for a drug-free lifestyle should not be a turnoff; instead, it should be an open door showing others that life is beautiful without intoxication. There is a saying I recently came across that goes like this: "When you're 20, you care what everyone thinks. When you're 40, you stop caring what everyone thinks. When you're 60, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place." At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. You might as well live your life advocating for what you're passionate about instead of missing out on the opportunity to change someone's life for the better. 

Spotlight- Turning Pain Into Purpose

In 2014, Darryl's son, Chase, died in a marijuana-impaired wreck after struggling with addiction. Now, Darryl is a family recovery coach who specializes in working with parents of drug-addicted children and serves on the state advisory board of NC Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Darryl has learned how to turn his pain into purpose. Please listen.

To honor Darryl's son, Chase, please share these photos on your social media accounts. Just right-click on the image and save it to your computer. Resource: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

To delve into the science of THC- impaired driving, please watch this video.

Ed Wood is the President of DUID Victims Voices, a leading expert in DUID laws and data, and a family advocate.

This presentation will explain why laws for marijuana (THC) impaired driving are significantly different from alcohol. Ed will discuss a better way for states to track marijuana DUIDs and have enforceable laws to protect our families.


The effects of industrialized THC are real. Please share these stories to help raise awareness.

Read More & Submit Your Testimony Here

Hope for Recovery

The Every Brain Matters Community offers support meetings for families affected by marijuana use.

Weekly Climbers Meeting - Join us every Wednesday at 7 pm CST.

A professional counselor leads this weekly online support group for families affected by a loved one's marijuana use. We allow open discussions in order to share ideas, experiences, strengths, and hope. We ask for a donation to compensate for the professional expertise that is provided, but this is not a requirement to attend. 

Registar for this meeting here

Join us for our next Speakers Meeting!

In this new era of industrialized THC, families need support and hope. We gain courage and strength by hearing other people's valuable experiences about recovery and grief. Click the image to register for this meeting.

Recovery Questions For Families

How does a family respond to a loved one with destructive behaviors, such as using marijuana or any drug? The following answers and opinions are from clinical staff, youth in recovery, and parents. Find all our family recovery questions here.

Advocacy In Action

Can The Marijuana Industry Be Held Accountable? Join Us For This Historic Webinar!

Moment of Science

2023, July 5 - Cannabis Use Disorder and Perioperative Complications - Cannabis use disorder was associated with a modest increased risk of perioperative morbidity and mortality after major elective, inpatient, noncardiac surgery (myocardial ischemia, acute kidney injury, stroke, respiratory failure, venous thromboembolism, hospital-acquired infection, and surgical procedure–related complications)

2023, June 26- Characteristics Associated With Cannabis Use Initiation by Late Childhood and Early Adolescence in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study - Early-onset cannabis use is common is associated with increased risk for cannabis use disorder, other psychiatric disorders, and other problems (eg, early school dropout) during childhood and adulthood.

2023, June 17 - Association of Mandatory Warning Signs for Cannabis Use During Pregnancy With Cannabis Use Beliefs and Behaviors

2020 Oct- Cannabinoid therapies in the management of sleep disorders: A systematic review of preclinical and clinical studies - Results indicated that there is insufficient evidence to support routine clinical use of cannabinoid therapies for the treatment of any sleep disorder.

Moment of Silence

July Marijuana related impaired-driving deaths:

July 4, 2015 - Shawnique Hills, 41. New York

July 4, 2019 - Edward “Chuck” Vogel, Jr., 64. Colorado.

July 11, 2016 - Simon Hill, 16, Laurie Shaha, 32. Wisconsin.

July 17, 2012 - Rosemary Tempel, 56. California.

July 22, 2022 - Alyssa Ortman. WI

July 24, 2012 - Jennifer Hrobuchak, 22. Ohio.

July 24, 2019 - Elizabeth Shell, 19. Oregon

July 26, 2017 - Landon Staley, 16; Travin K. Nelson-Phongphiou, 16; Mikayla Sorenson, 15. Washington

July 28, 2015 - Debra Majkut, 34. Lorain, Ohio.

July 30, 2021 - Elizabeth Anderson, 63; George Nienhouse, 65; Alexia Simpson, 17; Jay’Oni Leonard, 14. Florida.

June Remembrance:

Brent Anthony Bernhardt July 7, 2021

Brian Patnode July 16, 2019

Randy Michael Bacchus III July 17, 2021

Tyler J. Southard, July 28, 2018

June Heavenly Birthday:

Tyler Joseph Shamash, July 3, 1999

Aaron Reddy July 25, 2000

Matt Klosowski July 30, 1977

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