“The Other Side of Cannabis” Coming to Narraguagus High School
March 28, 2016

On April 5, Narraguagus High School will host a viewing and discussion of the documentary film, “The Other Side of Cannabis” to engage parents, caregivers, and community members in a candid discussion about the health and safety risks of marijuana use by youth. An independent film project created by ordinary citizens, the documentary encourages audiences to learn about and discuss the new marijuana products, trends, and issues. A community discussion about the impact of marijuana on the health and wellness of our youth and communities with follow the film. This community event will be held from 6:00pm to 7:30pm; there is no charge to attend.

“The Other Side of Cannabis” is neither about legalization nor the medicinal value of marijuana. Regardless of one’s views about marijuana, the goal of this documentary is to highlight the health risks associated with recreational marijuana use and help individuals and families make informed decisions. The film explores how many young people today believe the marijuana is medicinal, and therefore ‘safe’. They are unaware of the dangerously high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), addiction rates, the potential for mental illness - ranging from depression to anxiety and even psychosis - as well as the physical effects that include lung issues, heart, cognitive and other brain effects.

“The Other Side of Cannabis” will be presented by Healthy Acadia, a community health organization serving Washington and Hancock counties. The event is sponsored by the Narraguagus High School, and is the first of six sessions of Healthy Acadia’s “Dimensions of Prevention” substance misuse prevention discussion series to be offered at Narraguagus High School this spring. The second session, “Parents Who Host Lose the Most,” will explore the health and safety risks, as well as legal consequences, of serving alcohol to teens, is scheduled for April 26. Visit www.healthyacadia.org or find Healthy Acadia on FaceBook for a complete session schedule.

For more information about the film, please visit http://www.othersideofcannabis.com.
To learn more about Healthy Acadia’s “Dimensions of Prevention” series, or to host one or more sessions in your school or community, contact Jenny Robish at (207) 255-3741 or jenny@healthyacadia.org.