LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Public Health Cannabis and Vaping Summit began today at 9 a.m. and ends on Thursday, Jan. 14. The goal of the Summit is to utilize a public health approach that will result in a Cannabis and Vaping Action Plan for Nevada.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and Division of Public and Behavioral Health, along with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General is hosting this free three-day virtual event to identify Nevada’s priorities and strategies related to:

  • Legal adult-use
  • Public safety
  • Regulation
  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Oversight of cannabis and vaping products

Sixty-two presenters will participate in the Summit. Attendees include nationally recognized experts in the field from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, research universities and institutions, and public health organizations from other states.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford provided opening remarks.

SUMMIT OBJECTIVES

  • Gain a better understanding of national and Nevada trends in data
  • Learn what/how data and implementation in other states should inform strategies
  • Identify effective, audience-specific public health messaging
  • Understand how to strengthen regulations informed by national and state lessons learned
  • Learn what national consensus organizations and other states recommend related to use of cannabis by pregnant women, youth, and persons with opioid use disorder
  • Identify best practices for prevention and treatment for use of cannabis and nicotine products

Sharing insights and strategies to improve public health around cannabis and vaping are a wide variety of Nevada-based speakers within the fields of law enforcement, non-profit organizations, policy, public health, regulation, and oversight.

SESSION TOPICS

  • Cannabis Prevention
  • Tobacco Products: Prevention and Treatment
  • Cannabis and Vaping: Policy and Regulation
  • Cannabis and Vaping: Law Enforcement and Public Safety
  • Cannabis and Special Populations

The Summit is designed for healthcare providers and public health officials, substance use and treatment providers, school districts, youth organizations, regulatory agencies, law enforcement, policy makers, prevention coalition partners, and interested members of the public.

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