Aging & Youth Committee Senator Judy Ward, Chair

Public hearing on potential effects of legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana on children and youth

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1

Agenda

Public hearing on potential effects of legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana on children and youth

Schedule

Opening Remarks:

  • Committee Chair, Senator Judy Ward
  • Democratic Committee Chair, Senator Maria Collett

Panel 1 – Law Enforcement Perspective on How Legalization Could Impact Children and Youth

  • Scott Bohn (Executive Director, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association) – Testimony
  • Judge Cheryl Allen (Retired Judge, Pennsylvania Family Institute) – Testimony

Panel 2 – Potential Impact of Legalization on Children and Youth

  • Luke Niforatos (Executive Vice President at Smart Approaches to Marijuana)
  • Dr. Aaron Weiner (Psychologist) – will testify virtually. – Testimony
  • Elyse Contreras (Program Manager at the Marijuana Health Monitoring Program and Marijuana Research Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment) – will testify virtually. – Testimony
  • Dr. D. Mark Anderson (Associate Professor of Economics at Montana State University) – will testify virtually. – Testimony

Panel 3 – Marijuana Use and Addiction Issues Among Children and Youth

  • Judy Rosser (Executive Director, Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program, Inc.) – Testimony
  • Jeff Hanley (Executive Director, Commonwealth Prevention Alliance) – Testimony
  • Kate Appleman (Senior Director of Men’s Clinical Services, Caron Treatment Center) – will testify virtually.Testimony
  • Dr. Kavita Fischer (President-Elect and Co-chair of Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society Task Force that studied marijuana legalization issues) – Testimony

Panel 4 – Perspective of Youth-Oriented Organizations on Adult-Use Legalization

  • Dr. Sheryl Ryan (Division Chief – Division of Adolescent Medicine at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics Penn State College of Medicine) – will testify virtuallyTestimony

Written Testimony

Luke D. Niforatos, Executive Vice President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) – Testimony

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