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Department of Human Services

Division of Public Health

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 22, 2019

Marijuana and Teenage Brain Development

While an increasing number of states are legalizing marijuana, concerns remain about its long-term effects on the adolescent brain. 

What does marijuana do to a developing brain?
Studies have shown that marijuana use may impair functions such as attention, memory, learning and decision-making. Impairment can continue for days after the initial high. Research also suggests that marijuana may do more harm to a teen’s cognitive development than alcohol. How do such impairments impact school attendance, performance and personal safety?
Substance Use Navigator, Nikki Nichols, MSW, LSW, will lead a discussion on studies and concerns about marijuana use during adolescence on Thursday, August 29, 6-7:30 PM, at the Atlantic County Library/Galloway, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Nichols is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of the Atlantic County Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC) that provides presentations for community groups on a variety of topics related to children’s mental health, substance use and developmental disability services.
For more information about this presentation or the CIACC, please contact Kathryn Saxton-Granato, CIACC Coordinator, at: or (609) 645-7700, ext. 4507.

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