A Paulding-based group is set to host an event tonight, May 6, to help youth and adults understand some facts about marijuana and vaping.

Drug Free Paulding announced it was hosting a community-wide “Marijuana and Vaping Summit” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hiram High School auditorium at 702 Virgie Ballentine Drive in Hiram.

The event is scheduled to feature speakers who will present evidence of “the dangers of marijuana and vaping to youth brain development as well as the misconceptions that youth and adults have regarding these burning issues,” a news release stated.

“Topics cover not only the truth and misunderstandings about marijuana, medical marijuana, and vaping; but also what the Georgia law currently says and what pending legislation includes,” a news release stated.

“Youth are very confused about marijuana and vaping. School systems across the country are inundated with adolescents vaping in school bathrooms, classrooms and buses.

"Teachers, administrators, school counselors and school law enforcement are overwhelmed with this issue,” the release stated.

Speakers are scheduled to include:

• District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville.

Gravley sponsored legislation that Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law this year allowing registered patients to legally purchase a non-psychoactive, medicinal oil derived from marijuana in Georgia.

• Gregg Raduka, executive director and CEO of Let’s Be Clear Georgia and Let’s Get Clear Georgia.

The two groups oppose marijuana legalization in Georgia and believe more research is needed on use of any part of the marijuana plant for medicinal purposes, according to its website.

• Laura Searcy, chairman of the Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse, which seeks to, "Change the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made," according to its website.

Drug Free Paulding is affiliated with Family Alliance of Paulding County.


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