Medicinal Cannabis vs. Recreational Marijuana


Do you really know the facts and the science behind this controversial subject?

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“Medicinal Cannabis vs. Recreational Marijuana,” an informative panel discussion will take place at 209 McEwen Hall, Fredonia State,, Wednesday, December 12th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM. (McEwen Hall is #12 and parking is indicated on the map). This is brought to you at no cost by Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC).
The Panelist include: Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Health Commissioner; Will Jones, Smart Approaches to Marijuana; Andy O’Brien, previous Clinical Director UPMC Chautauqua; Dr. Robert Whitney, Erie County Drug Task Force and Melanie Witkowski, CASAC Executive Director.
CASAC is providing this panel discussion for clarity. People that are for or against marijuana are more than welcome to come and share their comments and questions. We want anyone that is unaware of the difference between medicinal cannabis and recreational marijuana, which contains THC, a psychoactive substance to learn more about the difference. There are a variety of strains and it’s important for our youth and parents, in particular, to be informed on how they differ. CASAC is not against patients that are in need of medical marijuana, and we have compassion for all individuals. Our concern lies with the abuse of recreational marijuana, particularly with youth. With the adolescent brain still developing until they are of 25-28 years old, it’s important for them to stay away from this substance due to alterations to the developing brain and to ensure healthy brain development.
This event is offered at no charge. Pre-registration is encouraged. To register for the course, contact CASAC or Kathleen Colby, Director of Training Services, 664-3608, Visit our website:
CASAC offers a number of community and professional educational opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.
Since 1974, Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), a United Way partner agency, has been providing prevention education and community awareness on alcohol, other drugs and compulsive gambling. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. For further information about CASAC services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623 or visit our website: