Planning forum on marijuana policy set for April 21

The Maine Behavioral Health Workforce Development Collaborative (MBHWDC) is hosting a planning forum to define training strategies to equip the workforce to navigate the new marijuana policy landscape.

What Maine Providers Need to Know in the New Era of Marijuana Policy will take place Fri., April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Augusta Armory in Augusta.

Last November, Maine voters narrowly approved the legalization of adult use, retail marijuana. As of January 30, possession is now legal, and the Maine Legislature has undertaken a year-long process of developing the rules and regulations that will govern the new marijuana law. With this change, a new landscape has emerged for behavioral health and other service providers to navigate.

Join facilitator Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C, Director of Operations of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, and panelists:

  • Rebecca L. Miller, MPH, BSN, CSPI, CHES, Maine Health Educator, Northern New England Poison Center
  • Sheriff Joel A. Merry, Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office
  • Gordon H. Smith, Esq., Executive Vice President, Maine Medical Association
  • Christine McNulty Grant, LCSW, LADC, CCS, Program Manager of Corrections Services, Day One
  • Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Project Director, Casco Bay Create Awareness Now (CAN)

A roundtable discuss will follow the panel.

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Source: Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME).