The Dangerous Truth About Today's Marijuana - Johnny Stacks' Life and Death Story
NOVEMBER 8, 2023
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Charleston
300 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301


Laura Stack's 19-year-old son, Johnny, died by suicide on November 20, 2019, after becoming psychotic from dabbing high-THC marijuana concentrates. Soon afterward, Laura started a 501c3, Johnny's Ambassadors, to educate parents, teens, and communities about the dangers of today's high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness, and suicide. Her platform now brings prevention education to drug prevention conferences, community groups, and schools to stop youth marijuana use. Johnny's story has been told in People Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, PBS, and Dr. Phil. Laura is a powerful speaker who brings Johnny's personal warning and solid research together in her book, The Dangerous Truth About Today's Marijuana: Johnny Stack's Life and Death Story.

Laura Stack

Lara Stack
Founder & CEO of Johnny's Ambassadors

Morning Session: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Training for Prevention and Behavioral Health Professionals, Community Partners, Coalitions, and Schools

  • Participate in a Photo Tour of a Colorado Dispensary and See the High-Potency Marijuana Products Used by Today’s Youth
  • Learn About the Endocannabinoid System and How THC Interferes with Adolescent Brain Development
  • See the Results of Legalizing Medical Marijuana for 18-Year-Olds in Colorado
  • Understand How Adolescent Marijuana Use Can Lead to Mental Illness and Psychosis
  • Discover the Connection Between Youth Marijuana Use and Suicidality
1.5 CEs available for Social Work, LPC, and Addiction and Prevention

Walk-Ins welcome.
Register for the virtual session.

Evening Session: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

A conversation with Families, Youth, and Community Members

  • Who’s Johnny?
  • “Then” vs. “Now” marijuana
  • Why do youth use marijuana?
  • Is marijuana medicine?
  • Adolescent brain development
  • Impacts of THC use on adolescents
  • Risks of mental illness, psychosis, and suicide
  • Learning refusal skills

1.5 CEs available for Social Work, LPC, and Addiction and Prevention

Walk-Ins welcome.
Register for the virtual session.

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