Colorado gives D.C. a reason to tread carefully on recreational marijuana

Source: The Washington Post – Read Article Here

WHEN CHILDREN steal cookies from the cookie jar, they usually suffer little more than a scolding. When those cookies contain cannabis, it’s a different story: According to a study published Monday, exposure to marijuana among children in Colorado has increased in the two years since the state began selling the drug legally — and so have the emergency-room visits that follow.

Colorado gave the green light to medical marijuana in 2000. In 2012, the state sanctioned recreational use, and by January 2014, dispensary store shelves were stocked with potent products of all shapes and sizes. Since then, marijuana-related trips to children’s care centers have almost doubled, though incidence overall remains low. Edibles in particular seem to entice unsuspecting children who think they are sneaking everyday snacks, though secondhand smoke is also a culprit. After accidental marijuana consumption, most children simply become sleepy. In the worst of cases, they can end up intubated.

It’s possible that reports have risen in Colorado in part because doctors are more aware of the problem and parents less reluctant to admit to having marijuana in their homes. But the trend, which holds true in states with similar laws, deserves attention — not least because it could teach legislators considering decriminalization in other localities to exercise caution.

The District is one of those places. In 2014, voters approved an initiative to let residents and visitors 21 and older keep and carry a limited amount of the drug, as well as grow it at home. But Congress — in a display of blatant disregard for self-determination — has quashed the city’s attempts to move toward a tax-and-regulate regime that would allow for the drug’s legal purchase and sale. In response, some D.C. Council members have displayed a desire to loosen restrictions on marijuana even without the ability to control its use. A task force is scheduled to release recommendations on allowing smoking in private clubs at the end of the summer.

Colorado’s case gives the District one more reason to tread carefully until it can regulate marijuana in a responsible way. Coloradan stores, for example, adopted child-resistant packaging in 2015. This month, a law went into effect barring marijuana-laced look-alikes to common children’s treats such as gummy bears and other sweets in human, animal or fruit shapes. The state has also tried to encourage manufacturers to limit product potency, and some local lawmakers have proposed a mandatory cap.

Those rules address just one problem associated with legalization. But this week’s study stresses the need for more research on marijuana’s effects to know what other issues might arise — and for states to sit tight until they understand how to solve them.

2017 Request For Application For State Prevention Infrastructure (SPI) Funds

The purpose of this funding is the implementation of evidence-based direct service substance abuse prevention programs, practices, and strategies at the community level (Attachment D). The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency’s (SAPTA) currently funded local substance abuse prevention coalitions will issue sub grants to local providers and agencies to implement prevention activities. All activities associated with this funding must be for the implementation of those activities that meet an identified need within the community and are a priority identified by the CARE Coalition membership and in CARE’s Comprehensive Community Prevention Plan (CCPP).

Download The Application Here:

National Prevention Week

Knowledge Is Key To Prevention

Parental Information

As a parent there are signs that you can look for if you suspect that your child may be involved in prostitution. Prostitution is commonly referred to as “the game” by the pimp and prostitute sub-culture. Many juvenile victims believe that they are in boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with their pimp. The majority of victims are females, but can include males. In some instances, there will be a brief “courting period” where the relationship seems ideal. This does not last long. Often times this relationship will become emotionally and physically abusive. The end goal of the pimp is to make money by having the victim become a prostitute. Some behavioral changes to watch for are:

• Change in speech patterns- Your child uses terms like “daddy”- pimp, “wifey”-prostitutes, “breaking off” -paying pimp money earned, or talks about being part of a “stable”.
• Change in clothing and appearance- Your child is getting her hair styled and nails done and has no way to pay for it. She may start wearing provocative clothing .
• Change in friends- Your child is associating with older males and females and staying out late at night.
• Tattoos- Your child has tattoos on her body. These tattoos may say “daddy”, “daddy’s girl”, “the game”, or “money”. They may also have symbols for money ($$$). Often times these are placed on the neck as well as other parts of the body.

If you suspect that your child may be involved in juvenile prostitution, contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Vice Section.

Learn to Identify a Human Trafficking Victim:




Bullying and Suicide: What’s the Connection?

This article define some of the outcomes of someone which are perpetrated by a bully. The article does give a breakdown of not necessarily evidence that bullying causes suicide, however, it does affect the mood and behaviors of youth. This is a good article and the flow gives reasons of association between bullying and suicide.

Do you know the definition of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence occurs when a person commits one of the following acts against or upon the person’s spouse or former spouse, any other person to whom the person is related by blood or marriage, any other person with whom the person is or was actually residing, any other person with whom the person has had or is having a dating relationship, any other person with whom the person has a child in common, the minor child of any of those persons, the person’s minor child or any other person who has been appointed the custodian or legal guardian for the person’s minor child:

(a) A battery.
(b) An assault.
(c) Compelling the other person by force or threat of force to perform an act from which the other person has the right to refrain or to refrain from an act which the other person has the right to perform.
(d) A sexual assault.
(e) A knowing, purposeful or reckless course of conduct intended to harass the other person.
Such conduct may include, but is not limited to:

5.Destruction of private property.
6.Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
7.Injuring or killing an animal.

(f) A false imprisonment.
(g) Unlawful entry of the other person’s residence, or forcible entry against the other person’s will if there is a reasonably foreseeable risk of harm to the other person from the entry.

If you or anyone you know needs assistance, you can help by contacting your local law enforcement agency. Here is a handy link to various Nevada Program/Shelters:


Request For Application 2017

The purpose of this Request for Application (RFA) is to purchase alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) prevention services. “Prevention Services” is defined as a proactive process of helping individuals, families, and communities to develop the resources needed to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Remote Area Medical Event

Welcome to the 2015 Las Vegas Remote Area Medical!

Many people live in fear of sickness and injury simply because they have little or no access to basic medical care. RAM responds to this need by providing free, quality dental, vision and medical care to those who cannot afford it. In less than 24 hours RAM, CARE Coalition, and partners in the community will turn the Tarkanian Basketball Academy into a mobile medical clinic.

For this event to happen, we need hundreds of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering as a health care professional or as a general volunteer, please fill out one of the applications below.

For more information on Remote Area Medical, please go to


Thursday, October 1, 2015 (Setup)
Friday, October 2, 2015 (Clinic Open)
Saturday, October 3, 2015 (Clinic Open)
Sunday, October 4, 2015 (Clinic Open)


5:10 – 5:30 am – RNs, LPNs, EMTs, & other triage professionals are asked to arrive
6:00 am – Dental professionals are asked to arrive
6:15 – 6:30 am – Vision professionals are asked to arrive
6:30 – 6:45 am – MDs, DOs, NPRs, and other medical generalists/specialists are asked to arrive


Tarkanian Basketball Academy
2730 South Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Off of Sahara and I-15, behind Palace Station

We need volunteers

We rely on volunteers, both medical and general volunteers, to help coordinate and execute this great event which helps so many people in the Southern Nevada community.

Health Professional Volunteer Form
General Volunteer Form