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Anti-drug groups holding community forum on marijuana

Program to be held Thursday evening at Tualatin High School.

FILE - StandUp Tualatin, a student group at Tualatin High School, will perform skits as part of a marijuana 'education night' for students, parents and other community members on Thursday.Tualatin Together and its student affiliate StandUp Tualatin are putting on a "parent and youth education night" on Thursday at Tualatin High School.

“Do You Know..... Marijuana” will feature two guest speakers, including an Oregon assistant attorney general, as well as student skits exploring conversations about and attitudes toward marijuana, said Tualatin Together Executive Director Cyndy Hillier. Tualatin Together is a nonprofit group that advocates against drug and alcohol use by minors.

Thursday's program has been in the works since Tualatin Together staff and StandUp Tualatin students returned from a national conference near Washington, D.C., in February, Hillier said.

“It was something that (the students) talked about while we were there,” Hillier said.

The students heard about what effects marijuana has on the human brain and medical opinions that the drug can be habit-forming, Hillier said, and were inspired to try to pass that information along to other students and community members. She said the program will also discuss ways to talk about marijuana with children and parents alike.

Guest speakers will be Deena A. Ryerson of the Oregon Department of Justice, and Jaime Smith, who will share a testimonial about his personal experiences with marijuana and other drugs.

The program will start at 7 p.m. and will last about an hour and a half long, according to a flier. There is no charge to attend, and childcare and Spanish translation services will be provided. There will also be door prizes and dessert.

By Mark Miller
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